Vande Mataram is un-Islamic, will continue boycott: Shafiqur Rahman Barq
New Delhi, May 9: A BSP minister who walked out of the house insulting national song ‘Vande Mataram’ made another controversial statement on Thursday. Shafiqur Rahman Barq, BSP minister from Sambhal in Uttar Pradesh said that ‘Vande Mataram’ is against Islam therefore he walked out of the Parliament.
Shafiqur Rahman Barq was seen walking out of the House on Wednesday as Vande Mataram was being played to mark the sine die adjournment of the Budget Session of Parliament with all members standing in attention.
Shafiqur Rahman Barq said, “I consider Vande Mataram anti-Islamic. Islam does not give permission for it. Therefore I deliberately boycotted the national song. If such situation occurs in future, I will do same what I did yesterday.”
“Of course I did the right thing. I have not acted against the constitution. The status of the national song under the constitution is not the same as that accorded to the national anthem,” Burq justified himself.
“It is a matter of our religious sentiments. I request that Muslims not be compelled to sing this song since it is against the Sharia.. the song tells people to bow before Bharat Mata,” he said while talking to CNN IBN.
BSP minister further said, “I had done same thing in 1997 on the occasion of Golden Jubilee of Independence Day. I respect national anthem but I do not accept Vande Mataram.”
It is to be noted that earlier there were reports in media that BSP leader walked out of house citing illness.
His unconstitutional behavior prompted an angry rebuke from Speaker Meira Kumar.Taking exception to the incident, Kumar said, “One honourable member walked out when Vande Mataram was being played. I take very serious view of this. I would want to know why this was done. This should never be done again.”
BJP demands strict action
Deploring the act of a BSP MP walking out of Lok Sabha while the national song was being played, BJP has said the Speaker should act “firmly” on the issue.
“Members have no right to insult the national song especially when they have taken oath. The Speaker has taken the right move by naming the MP. He has insulted Parliament,” party leader Shahnawaz Hussain told reporters outside Parliament.
“The Speaker should be more strict on this and act firmly”, he added.
Muslims oppose Vande Mataram
This is not a first incident when any Muslim leader has opposed ‘Vande Mataram’. Earlier in 2009 Jamait-e-Ulema Hind or the JEU had issued a fatwa against singing national song. According to a resolution, Muslims should not sing 'Vande Mataram' as its reciting is against the Islam. The resolution, which was passed at the Deoband national convention meet, had stated that Muslims should not sing 'Vande Mataram' as some verses of the patriotic song are against the tenets of Islam. The JEU leader said that the some of the line in the song is against Islam.
However, another Muslim organization Muslim Rashtriya Manch had slammed Jamait-e-Ulema Hind and had stated the Fatwa against Islam and national integrity.
Some Muslim organizations believe that ‘Vande Mataram’ states goddess Durga as a nation. Islam forbids the apotheosis of any deity, animate or inanimate, except Allah. Vande Mataram contains verses which are in direct conflict with the beliefs of Islam. They also believe that the song has been adopted from novel Aanandaamath which they feel anti-Muslims.
Contribution of Vande Mataram in freedom struggle
‘Vande Mataram’ was the national cry for freedom from British rule during the freedom movement. Vande Mataram is a poem from Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay's 1882 novel Anandamath. It was written in Bengali and Sanskrit. In 1950 the song's first two verses were given to the official status of the "national song" of the Republic of India, distinct from the national anthem of India, Jana Gana Mana.