Bhopal, Nov 5: Opposing the fatwa issued against 'Vande Mataram', All India Muslim Tehwar Committee (AIMTC) and the National Secularism Front of India (NSFI) in Madhya Pradesh declared that the move by the Jamiat Ulema-i- Hind was done out of ignorance.
Speaking about the relevance of the song to the Muslims, AIMTC chairman Osaf Shahmeeri Khurram said, "Had 'Vande Mataram' been un-Islamic then Maulana Hussain Ahmed Madani, Maulana Hasrat Mohani, Maulana Obeidullah Sindhi or martyr Ashfaqullah would not have laid down their lives singing 'Vande Mataram'."
Based on the Urdu translation of the song done by the two Muslim groups, Khurram said that there should not be any opposition on reciting or singing 'Vande Mataram' because it is a prayer to the almighty to keep the nation safe.
Echoing Khurram's view, NSFI president Irshad Ali Khan Afridi said that the controversy over 'Vande Mataram' arose because of few individuals who had failed to understand it and are ignorant of the facts.
Drawing references to AR Rahman, whose song 'Vande Mataram' became a hit and to Jamiat Ulema-i-Hind chief, Mehmood Madani's grandfather Maulana Hussain Ahmed Madani and his father Asad Madani, both of whom had sung the song on various occasions as a Congress MP, the leaders of the two Muslim groups questioned Jamiat Ulema-i-Hind on their decision to approve the fatwa.