VandeMataram and IslamPosted: August 29, 2011
This is not for the first time that the national song of ours is becoming a headache to seculars, and thanks to Anna , he never compromised it with a fringe extremist fundamentalist group of muslims. Deoband had already issued a Fatwa against Muslims singing Vandemataram,and yet secular nationalists claim many muslims have no problems with it. But is that true? Does Islam allow muslims to sing it ?
Many muslims who claim they have no problem with VandeMataram justify their singing it by twisting the meaning of the word “Vande”. They say “Vande” means “salute”. It is for the same purpose AR Rahman composed “Ma Tujhe Salam”. But “Vande” doesnot mean “salute”, it means “bow” or “worship”, and since Bankim Chandra Chaterjee compared the motherland as Ma Durga, he meant to worship the motherland as we worship the God. So here is where the first Islamic allergy to VandeMataram comes.
The main issue is with the word “Mataram”,which is feminine, so in Quran (4/117 ) “They call upon instead of Him none but female [deities], and they [actually] call upon none but a rebellious Satan. The refuge of those will be Hell, and they will not find from it an escape.” . So in Islam, it is a sin to worship god in a feminine form. Then how do you expect them to worship a Satan, mother India ? There is also an other issue, Islamic belief unlike Hindu, is that God alone is fit to be worshipped, not his creations,while Hindu Shasthra say that “Ishavasyamidam sarvam”. God is everywhere and in everything. The Hindu concept of God is not an egoist jealous God like that in semitic religions.
So we cannot for ever make a religious muslim (almost all of them are, because a Muslim cannot think beyond his religion, unlike Hindus, if they don’t ,they cease to be Muslims) pro VandeMataram. That is our national song, which has equal status with our national anthem. Any insult to national song, is as severe as we insult a national anthem / flag. So what is the way out ? REFUSAL to sing the song is also an Insult, and if so why not the likes of BHUKARI who has reasonable command on muslim community still at large. Why there is no case against Islamic seminaries and Deoband for insulting the national song ?
The fact of the matter is the EXTREMISM among muslims has it roots in the ideology of Islam, we cannot blame Mullahs, they do quote only from their HolyBooks. So let us think about Blaming the Book of “peace” which teach, a female God worship is a Satan worship. Shall we ?