A bench at the Allahabad High Court directed the state government to ensure that flags were hoisted in madrasas on the occasions Independence Day and Republic Day.
A DAY after the Allahabad High Court asked the Uttar Pradesh government to ensure that all madrasas hoist the national flag and sing the national anthem on the occasion of Independence Day and Republic Day, several Muslim organisations have expressed their surprise over the diktat saying that there was never a difference among Indian Muslims over the issue.
A bench of Chief Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice Yashwant Verma on Tuesday had directed the state government to take necessary steps in this direction so that flags were hoisted in madrasas on these occasions.
This order was given in the backdrop of a Public Interest Litigation ( PIL) filed by one Arun Gaur, a resident of Aligarh district. He had said that some madrasas didn’t hoist the national flag with same spirit with which other institutions did on Independence Day.
Expressing surprise over the matter, Maulana Khalid Rashid Firangimehli, a member of All India Muslim Personal Law Board said, “There is no point issuing such an order. Indians are proud of the Tricolour and their Independence. The ulemas had participated in the freedom struggle wholeheartedly and many of them even laid down their lives for it. The role of madrasas in national movement is unparalleled. This is why I am saying such an order doesn’t make much difference.”
“If there are madrasas which don’t celebrate Republic Day and Independence Day, then there is provision of legal action against them.”
Darul Uloom Deoband has said that they would need to study the court order before reaching any conclusion.
“We need to know whether this order is for all the madrasas or only for those which receive government aides. Although we don’t get any aide, we celebrate national festivals of importance since beginning,”said Mufti Abul Qasim Nomani, chief of Darul Uloom.
Mufti Mohammad Saleem Noori, spokesperson of Barelvi’s Ala Hazrat Dargah said, “We welcome the HC order. It is every Indian’s duty to respect the country’s freedom and celebrate it with gaiety.”