Skip to comments.India: fatwa against national song celebrating motherland
Posted on 09/08/2006 4:46:03 AM PDT by jome
by Prakash Dubey
The countrys imams banned Muslims from singing the Vande Mataram song that describes India as a god to adore, because this offends Allah, the one god.
Ranchi (AsiaNews) 7 September passed uneventfully without any inter-faith clashes: this was the day when the Sanskrit song Vande Mataram [I adore my motherland] was sung in India despite warnings of possible tensions between Hindu nationalists and the Muslim minority. Numerous fatwas were issued by imams in the country against the song lyrics and protests followed.
Some days before the celebration, the government decreed that the song should be sung in all schools of the Union: the text clearly refers to the Hindu pantheon and describes India as a god to adore. For this reason, Islamic clerics pronounced themselves in no uncertain terms against the decision and they banned their followers from committing such a sacrilege against Allah, the one god.
There was an immediate backlash from nationalist groups that accused Muslims of being anti-nationalist. The situation caused concern to government authorities that feared clashes would follow. Things got especially tense in Jharkhand, a central-eastern state of India, run by a party of nationalist leaning but with a large percentage of Muslims and Christians.
Christian churches in the state kept out of the dispute. Fr Cyprian Kullu, who works in the state media, told AsiaNews: The song is a part of our history and national festivity and religion should not be dragged into such mundane things.
He said: The Vande Mataram is simply a national song without any connotation that could violate the tenets of any religion. But everyone has his own perception, tending to interpret any social-cultural events in terms of religion, which could harm social harmony and co-existence."
He added: It is ironic that Muslim clerics issued fatwas that singing the song would be an act of desecration. But equally ridiculous is the stand of some Hindu organizations describing as anti-national those who refuse to sing the song. This is a frivolous thing. India is a democratic country and democracy reveres individual freedoms.
allah only wants people to listen to "Hotel California".
Go to a muslim neighbourhood. You will end up living with a bunch of losers, who are disloyal towards their own country.
Sorry for the double posting.
LJ/GK - forgot to add your names in the To: list :)
You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave
Peace is not possible as long as islm exists.
I guess the Beast is us, huh? Or could it be....Allah?
Islam prohibits almost ANYTHING, unless it's cruel and barbaric.
Thank you for pointing this out. That makes two of us. I get so sick of having to "teach" supposedly educated people that we are not a democracy and don't want to be and never have. The media spews this garbage out daily to confuse the republic into thinking they are something they are not.( tell the same lie often enough and it becomes the truth.)
When someone calls the US a democracy, it's almost like finger nails on a blackboard for me. This is what caused the confusion over Dubya winning Florida and the election even if he lost the popular vote to Gore. We are NOT a democracy and thank God for it. We have laws and elect representatives for our government. If it were a democracy, we could vote on everything and change anything by the whim of the mob. The people don't seem to understand the frightening part of that. Sometimes the "right thing" isn't popular.
"democracy reveres individual freedoms"
Democracy reveres the tyranny of the majority.
It seems as though Muslims everywhere are ramping it up a bit. Since that song is not a new one, have they protested about it before?
They're like a bully who keeps snapping his fingers in everyones' faces trying to get a rise out of people so he can beat the crap out of them.
I'm seriously beyond sick of Islam. Individual Muslims who are peaceful - no problem. But the imams and whatnot (at least a lot of them, here in the US too) are busily trying to fire up their congregations into ever more hatred and fervor.
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