Muslim cleric opposes Independence Day directive. A Muslim cleric has opposed the government orders making it mandatory for madarsas to unfurl national flag and sing national anthem on Independence Day.
Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh have directed the madrasas in the state to unfurl the national flag and sing the national anthem on August 15. Mufti Mukkaram, a cleric from Delhi, said such orders shouldn’t be passed which question the loyalty and patriotism of the Muslims.Mufti Mukarram Ahmed is an Indian Muslim religious and literary scholar. Ahmad is the Imam and Khateeb (Prayer leader and main speaker) of Shahi Masjid Fatehpuri Mosque, India’s second largest mosque.
“Such orders give a wrong impression about Muslims. We unfurl the national flag a day or two before Independence Day.
Muslims or looking at them with suspicion is wrong,” Mukkaram said. He argued that it is objectionable for people to believe that Muslims are not patriotic or are anti-nationals.“We (Muslims) have contributed a lot to the country. There should be no reason to cast any doubts over our patriotism.” He added.
Earlier on August 11, Madhya Pradesh Madarsa Board has followed in the Uttar Pradesh Madrasa Shiksha Parishad’s footsteps and has ordered all 256 madrasas in the state to unfurl the national flag and recite the national anthem on August 15.The Madrasa Board on Friday directed the youth to follow the order, record the video, click pictures of the event and send it to the chairman of the board. Muslim cleric opposes Independence Day directive. The board has also asked the students to take out a ‘ Tiranga rally’ on the day.
Independence Day is annually observed on 15th August, as a national holiday in India commemorating the nation’s independence from the United Kingdom on 15 August 1947, the UK Parliament passed the Indian Independence Act 1947 transferring legislative sovereignty to the Indian Constituent Assembly.
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