Following the controversy kicked up by Asaduddin Owaisi, when he said he will not say ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’; a Hyderabad based Islamic Seminary issued a Fatwa against the slogan and said it is un-islamic to say that slogan; in a move that is bound to kick up more controversy.

According to a report in Times of India, the fatwa released from the Darul Ifta of the seminary in Pahadi Shareef, founded by Muslim Personal Law Board secretary Maulana Khalid Saifullah Rahmani, noted that the slogan seeks to “deify” the country. This follows a similar fatwa issued by another city-based influential seminary Jamia Nizamia, rejecting the slogan last week.

Therefore, for a Muslim chanting Bharat Mata ki jai is not permissible as the land of Hind (India) is not a goddess. Every Muslim loves the country and is also willing to sacrifice his or her life for it, but (the Muslim) prostrates only before Allah. (For the Muslims), only Allah should be worshipped,” reads an excerpt from the Fatwa

Speaking to a reporter from the newspaper, United Muslim Forum treasurer Syed Ahmedul Hussaini Sayeed Quadri said: “We can say ‘Bharat desh ki Jai’, ‘jai Hind’ or ‘Hindustan zindabad’, but Bharat Mata symbolises a goddess which Muslims cannot worship. There Islamic scholars are unanimous on the issue.”

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