Some years ago, the Deoband school had kicked up a big controversy by issuing a ‘fatwa’ that Muslims should not sing the national anthem or ‘Vande Mataram’ as certain portions in these hymns worshipped the motherland as a Goddess. “A Muslim worships none other than Allah,” the Darul Ifta had ruled in response to a question.

Deepak Gidwani

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