Prominent Islamic seminary Darul Uloom Deoband in Saharanpur (west UP) has added a new dimension to the ongoing controversy over whether Muslims should chant "Bharat maata ki jai" by ruling that this would be un-Islamic.
A bench of 'muftis' (Islamic scholars) has issued a signed statement on the issue after the seminary received several queries from Muslims asking for clarity on the disputative issue. The statement says that chanting "Bharat maata ki jai" would be against the tenets of Islam as it is "akin to idol-worship."
Ashram Usmani, public relations officer of the seminary, said "It is not allowed in Islam to represent the country as a Goddess' idol and raise slogans hailing her."
Earlier, 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."