Darul Ifta, fatwa department of Islamic seminary Darul Uloom of Deoband, has issued a fatwa against chanting ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ in response to queries of people sent to the seminary.
The fatwa was issued on March 19 but became viral on social media on Thursday evening. It says that Islam does not allow Idol worship therefore Muslims should refrain from chanting ‘ Bharat Mata Ki Jai’.
“ Scholars of Darul Ifta had issued fatwa in response to queries of people who sent letters along with portrait of Bharat Mata”, said Ashraf Usmani, spokesperson of the seminary. He clarified that idol worship is not permissible in Islam and so in light of the teachings of holy Quran and Hadees, followers of Islam can’t say Bharat Mata Ki Jai, which has been portrayed as a Goddess carrying a trident in one hand and clad in saffron clothes.
He said that Darul Ifta is a separate department in Seminary headed by Maulana Habiburrehman Haidrabadi in which scholars give their collective opinion to queries of people in light of Quran and Hadees.
Usmani further said that Islam respects all but it can’t allow worship of its Prophet in form of Idol.