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'Nobody should be forced to sing Vande Mataram'

Two Muslim leaders on Sunday said that nobody should be forced to sing the national song, Vande Mataram.

india Updated: Sep 03, 2006 22:21 IST

As the controversy over the singing on

Vande Mataram

continues, two Muslim leaders on Sunday said that nobody should be forced to sing the song.

The president of Uttar Pradesh Imams Organisation and a member of district Shariat court, Mufti Zulfiqar, said forcing people to sing Vande Mataram would create more controversy. Nobody should be forced to sing the song.

He said "Muslims are loyal to the nation and there is no need to prove their loyalty."

The Mozaha Anjar Shah Kashmiri of Darul Uloom Deoband has alleged that some Hindu organisations including BJP are creating an emotive issue on the singing of Vande Mataram to divide communities for their vested interests.

He said Vande Mataram was under controversy since 1876 as it was against the tenets of the Shariat law to worship the sky and soil. "But Muslims are loyal to the nation," he added.