Saharanpur: One of India's most prominent Islamic seminaries, Darul Uloom Deoband has issued a fatwa asking Muslims to refrain from raising the slogan- 'Bharat mata ki jai,' as it is against the tenets of Islam.
The fatwa stated that their was no doubt that India was their nation and all Muslims love their country.
“But we cannot worship the country. Muslims cannot worship anyone other than (God). In that slogan, Bharat has been called equivalent to a goddess,” the fatwa stated, The India Express reported.
Earlier, RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat had stirred a controversy with his remark that the younger generation needed to be taught to hail "Mother India".
In apparent retaliation, AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi had said he would not chant 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai' as he was not obliged to do it under the Constitution and that he would not do so even if a "knife is put to my throat".
The issue triggered a political storm wherein Shiv Sena, BJP and other parties slammed the Hyderabad MP over his stand and Maharashtra Assembly suspended an AIMIM MLA after he refused to chant the slogan.
(With agency inputs)