Members of Jamiat-e-Ulema, an Islamic group has issued a fatwa against India's national song Vande Mataram. According to sources, the fatwa dissuades Muslims from singing the national song as some of the verses of the song, they allege, are against the tenets of Islam.
The fatwa was not in the written agenda of the Ulema convention. Media reports said that the Muslim Law Board justified this decision saying that the Muslims cannot worship anyone other than God.
Meanwhile, Union Home Minister P Chidambaram addressed the Muslim convention at Deoband today, where he said that their invitation to him was a significant gesture for him. He added that he saw it as an oppurtunity to reach out to every section of the society.
Chidambaram accepted that the country has seen numerous conflicts involing caste, religion and language, but he reiterated that the nations's plularism is its inheritence and strength and the diversity should not become the weakness.