Some Mumbai Muslim clerics want national flag to be flown from masjids, madrasas on Aug 15
Muslim organisations welcomed the decision, but said they wondered whether such a decision was made to thwart allegations of being ‘unpatriotic’mumbai Updated: Aug 10, 2017 16:29 IST
Muslim clerics in Mumbai have asked young members of the community to celebrate Independence Day by hoisting the national flag at masjids and madrasas (religious schools).
“Muslims played a pivotal role in the battle for independent India. The youth should not forget their contribution,” said Maulana Syed Moinuddin Ashraf, popularly called Moin Miya, from Sunni Jama Masjid and founder of Maharashtra Muslim Front.
A meeting of Ulemas (Muslim scholars) was held to discuss preparations for Independence Day celebrations on Tuesday. Religious leaders urged the Ulemas to spread the message of patriotism among young Muslims. “The reason for holding such a meeting was to ensure that more people join and celebrate Independence Day with great enthusiasm. The young crowd should remember the martyrs and pass on these values to their children,” the Maulana added.
Other Muslim organisations welcomed the decision, but said they wondered whether such a decision was made to thwart allegations of being ‘unpatriotic’. “It is a positive decision, but could also have been a response to Hindus who have been pressuring us. However, the day is celebrated by people of all faiths,” said Feroze Mithiborewala, national co-convener, Indian Muslims for Secular Democracy.
All-India Ulema, a body of Muslim community scholars, refused to comment on the move.
Ulema organisations will meet once more to plan further arrangements next week.