Islamic Body Seeks Ban on Practices in Kashmir

The Muttahida Majlis-e-Ulema (MMU) on Saturday urged the federal government and training division to cease practices like “singing of bhajans and Surya Namaskars” in faculties in Kashmir, stating that it was hurting the spiritual sentiments of Muslims.

The MMU, which is a collective of round 30 Islamic spiritual and academic organisations in Kashmir, alleged that Muslim college students had been being made to chant bhajans and carry out Surya Namaskar, and expressed resentment towards these acts stating that they had been makes an attempt to undermine the Muslim identification in Kashmir.

“The MMU at this time held a gathering at Jama Masjid, Srinagar, within the wake of unlucky makes an attempt to undermine the Muslim identification of Kashmir by asking Muslim college students in faculties and academic establishments to sing Hindu spiritual songs and do Surya Namaskar,” the collective mentioned in a press release.

“These diktats damage the spiritual sentiments of Muslims and create anguish in them.”

The row erupted after Folks’s Democratic Celebration (PDP) president and former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti on Monday shared a video exhibiting college students in a classroom in Kulgam, close to Srinagar, singing a bhajan, purportedly urged by academics.

Attacking the Centre, Mufti mentioned that these directives had been exposing the ‘actual hindutva agenda’ of the Union authorities.

The MMU handed a decision within the assembly to precise concern over makes an attempt being made to “weaken the Muslim identification” within the Kashmir valley.

“MMU strongly regrets actions being carried out by faculties and academic establishments aimed toward furthering the Hindutva agenda in Kashmir,” it mentioned.

The assertion additionally urged the federal government and training departments to withdraw these practices, and directed mother and father to withdraw youngsters from faculties in the event that they had been being ‘compelled to take part in un-Islamic actions’.

“As such MMU appeals to the federal government and anxious authorities to right away withdraw its orders and cease these practices in faculties and academic establishments, which deeply damage the spiritual sentiments of Muslims and trigger them grief,” it mentioned.

“This assembly additionally urged the mother and father that if their youngsters are compelled to take part in un-Islamic actions in authorities faculties, they need to withdraw their youngsters from these faculties and enroll them in non-public faculties.”

Weighing on the row, Nationwide Convention chief Farooq Abdullah provided a distinct standpoint, emphasizing on India’s secularity.  “We didn’t imagine in two-nation principle. India shouldn’t be communal and India is secular. I’m chanting bhajan. If I’m chanting bhajan, is it unsuitable?” Abdullah mentioned on Wednesday, as quoted by information company ANI.

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