Muslims love and respect the prophet of Islam, Muhammad but do not bow down to him, this is in principle an universally agreed principle of Islam. Muslims only bow down in front of the One God.
What is meant by a Nation?
Nation is a cluster of its citizens. Loving the citizens of a country is loving the country. Loving a nation cannot be different from loving its people as it does not make any sense. Being dutiful and accountable to each other in a country constitutes love for the country.
Vande Mataram like any other poetry or song is a spontaneous outcome of emotions of the poet Bankim Chandra Chattopadhay for his country India. It was his own mode of belief that he begins the song with the bowing and worshiping of the country in the personified image of a mother.
But, on the other hand, Allama Mohammad Iqbal composed ‘ Sara jahan se acchhha Hindusthan hamara’ with the same kind of emotions for his country India and the lyrics stand as a testimony to his mode of thinking and faith.
Same subject dealt by two different poets in their own styles and modes of beliefs and faiths teaches us that same feeling may have different expressions and the one is not therefore binding on the other.
Moreover, Islam teaches to love people crossing the boundaries of a Nation. Love in Islam is international, it is universal and does not confine within the borders of a country.
Peace is the objective of Islam and creating disturbances is anti Islamic.
Islam also teaches its followers to leave his country, his wealth , his own blood and every other object of affection and attachment if that restores peace.
If God wanted He would have made us one single community but He made different communities to balance one community by the other so that crime and dishonesty could be controlled——–this is a verse from Qur’an.
Fatwa and responsibilities Ahead:
A Fatwa means an opinion , it may be regarding ownself or may be regarding others. A fatwa or an opinion expressing the limitations of oneself is not forbidden by the Qur’an as it is one’s right of expression but passing fatwa or opinion against others is anti Islamic.
Here, the fatwa is of the former type and is not objectionable. Moreover, Qur’an suggests people to not talk differences but to talk whatever is common to take work forward for the progress and development of life and society. There are major problems like food, shelter, health , education and human rights.
Therefore, I request both the BJP and the Deoband to understand the words of God and to give a good and transparent leadership to the citizens of India and create a benchmark for the entire World.