IN AN attempt to douse the raging flame involving recitation of ‘Vande Mataram’, the All-India Muslim Personal Board (AIMPLB) today sought to know the actual meaning of the word ‘Vande’. The board in fact said if Vande meant ‘salutation’, the Muslims would have no problem in its recitation.
Talking to newsmen here on Tuesday, senior vice chairman of the board Kalbe Sadiq said a group of Sanskrit and Islamic scholars should sit together to find out a solution.
“Even otherwise, there was no objection even if a Muslim recited the song under the impression that it was “salutation and not worship,” Sadiq said.
Sadiq said communal harmony should not be imperiled on the issue. He also did not see any logic in not sending children to schools on September 7 to avoid its singing. “They can queue up without singing it,” he added.
Sadiq said the majority community should understand the problem of the Muslims in this connection. He said since Islam believed in monotheism, Muslims could not worship any other object. “Even the worship of Kaba is not allowed,” he pointed out. Sadiq said Vande Mataram was not the problem of the Muslims but of the BJP, which had been desperately trying to capitalise on the issue. He said it was a non-issue, which the BJP had raked up for political gains. However, he said, the saffron brigade would not succeed in its game plan. He also advised the BJP to control its ‘loud-mouthed’ Muslim leaders. Sadiq said the community was wary of coming closer to the BJP because of these Muslim leaders in the party.
At the same time, Sadiq criticized the ‘orthodox’ ulema for making the issue complicated. He said Islam had suffered a lot due to such types of clergies, as their ‘stupid fatwas’ had brought bad name to the religion.
Ridiculing the fatwa of Mufti Abdul Mannan Kalimi on fresh Nikah of villagers in Ahraula (Moradabad), Sadiq jokingly said “it is all for the commercial purpose for the maulvis, as Nikah fetches money”.