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Deoband’s order to parents

Sunday 3 September 2006

Muslims asked to keep their children away from schools on September 7

Assam, West Bengal Governments make singing optional Vande Mataram has anti-Muslim background: Banatwalla

Muzaffarnagar: Islamic seminary Darul Uloom Deoband has asked Muslims to keep their children away from schools on September 7 to avoid any controversy with regard to singing of `Vande Mataram’ in educational institutions on the day.

Addressing a congregation after Friday prayers at Deoband’s Jama Masjid, Maulana Mohammad Arif said Muslims should not send their children to schools on September seven "to avoid any controversy".

"Muslims are loyal to the nation and they do not need a certificate from anyone," he said.Meanwhile, Darul Uloom sources said that the seminary had not issued any fatwa (edict) against the singing of `Vande Mataram’.


The All-India Muslim Women Personal Law Board (AIMWPLB) said in Lucknow on Saturday that it was opposed to making the singing of the national song mandatory in schools, colleges and madrasas.

"I support the advice by Darul-Uloom of Deoband to Muslims not to send their children to schools on September 7," AIMWPLB chairperson Shaista Amber told reporters here, accusing the Congress and BJP of raising the issue for gaining political mileage.

Asked about the Board’s previous stand in support of Vande Matram, Ms. Amber said: "I never supported making its singing compulsory. It can be sung voluntarily but no one should be forced to sing it."

"It will not be imposed"

In Kolkota, the West Bengal School Education Minister, Partha De, said the Left Front Government had no intention of making the singing of `Vande Mataram’ compulsory."We will not like to impose it and create problems for others. Those who wish to can sing it."

The Andaman and Nicobar administration issued an official circular to all educational institutions to sing `Vande Mataram’ on September 7.

There has been no opposition in the islands and some schools have started rehearsing the song.


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