Pointing at Anna's signature tune - "Vande Mataram", "Bharat Mata Ki Jay", which have been echoing in the Ramlila Maidan since Anna grabbed the central stage at the place, the Imam, Syed Ahmed Bukhari asked all Muslims to stay away from Anna's fast venue.
"Islam does not condone the worship of the nation or land. It does not even condone worship of the mother who nurtures a child in her womb for nine months," stated Bukhari.
Continuing his statement, the Imam also claimed, "How can Muslims then join his stir with a war cry that is against the basic tenets of their religion?"
However, no further reports or reactions have come on the statement on Bukhari. Anna started his mission for the whole nation and not for a religious group.