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Vande Mataram: Worshipping motherland in addition to Allah is "against" Islamic tenets

Counterview Desk
A video has is known to have gone viral showing that as Prime Minister Narendra Modi chanted Vande Mataram at a rally in Bihar, raising fists, ally Nitish Kumar, who was on the stage, stayed silent. The video, in wide circulation on social media, is seen by many as a telling visual on the contradictions within the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance.
Earlier in the rally, PM Modi had said: "Chanting Vande Mataram is like a life force. Doing this is also a responsibility to ensure the peace, prosperity and security of the country. But some people have a problem with this. They should have their deposits forfeited."
The PM's remarks came two days after the opposition candidate in Darbhanga, Abdul Bari Siddiqui, told a TV channel that while he had no objections to chanting "Bharat Mata Ki Jai", reciting Vande Mataram was against his beliefs.

Well-known Gujarat High Court advocate SS Sayyed, in a Facebook commentary, "explains" why Muslims are reluctant to recite Vande Mataram:

Before I proceed to write on the issue afore mentioned, I appeal to the reader as follows: The reader may get confused and may recollect many things in the past over this sensitive issue. He may also get emotional, and rightly so, the issue being intimately connected with his or her faith which may bring him to stand still, and as such I most humbly pray the reader who may be of any faith, to proceed gently with me and form no judgment concerning what I am going to opine until he has carefullyand wholly read the article.
Anybody having born in a Muslim family,by default professes Islam as his religion. It is the basic tenet of Islam that nobody else and or nothing else is entitled to be worshipped except Allah.
Now what is 'Allah' is a subject of esoteric interpretation, understanding and realization, but it is oft said and also accepted by all except off-course fanatics ,that Ishwar, Allah, Ishwar and /or Almighty etc. are different names ascribed to the same reality. It is also universally accepted fact that ultimate reality is one and is common for every being.
Now coming to Muslims they profess Islam as their religion and it is the basic tenet of Islsm that nobody else and or nothing else is entitled to be worshipped except that ultimate reality to which they call Allah. In view of the aforesaid basic tenet of Islam, the Muslim is debarred from worshipping any one and or anything else except the creator to whome he calls Allah,being expected to do so by virtue of his faith.
The Muslim thinks that Vande Mataram means, "I worship my motherland". If this is true, then reciting it means he worships motherland also in addition to Allah, and in doing so he ascribes partner to Allah, and if he does so he goes against the basic tenet of his faith, i.e.Islam.
I would like to mention that a Muslim can not even say that he worships The holy city of Mecca and or Madina in that he can not say Vande Mecca and or Vande MadinaI. He can also not say Vande Mohammad even though prophet Mohammad is the most revered and holiest religious personality for Muslim. The reason is, if he does so,he ascribes Mohammad as partner to Allah which is considered to be greatest sin in Islam.
In view of the aforementioned state of facts and by analogical deduction the Muslim is restrained and can not recite Vande Mataram, even though he loves his mother land and prepared to sacrifice his life to uphold it's dignity as is ordained to him by Islam.
Unfortunately, the aforementioned state of facts seems to be not properly communicated to our Hindu brothers and therefore they suspect Muslim to be anti-national when he is reluctant to say Vande Mataram . It is not at all like that.
In fact in Islam obedience to the law of the land is a religious duty. Any country or government that guarantee religious freedom to followers of different faiths (not just Islam)must be owed loyality. The Qur-aan says "O ye who believe obey Allah,and obey his messanger and those who are in authority over you" (Ch.4:V.60).
In view of the above, a Muslim by virtue of his faith can not be disloyal to his mother land and if he does so he is not a Muslim in a true sense according to Islam.
This article is written by me with the pious object of communicating my personal opinion on the issue of Vande Mataram to my Hindu brothers and sisters .I am not at all motivated to write this article except to establish good will between Hindus and Muslims.
I am not associated with any religious group and I even do not know how Muslims will react to this article. But then I have expressed my opinion on the basis of what I feel to be true!
In writing this article if unknowingly l have hurt feelings of anybody,believe me I have no such intention, and even then if anybody is hurt kindly forgive me.
Jay Hind!

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