Muslim body concerned about students forced to ‘sing Hindu religious songs’ in Kashmir schools
Muttahida Majlis-e-Ulema (MMU) – an amalgamation of various religious, social and educational organizations – on Saturday expressed grave concern over “attempts to undermine” Kashmiri Muslim identity by asking students at educational institutions government to sing Hindu hymns and do ‘Surya Namaskar’.
He said he deeply regretted the activities implemented in schools and educational institutions aimed at “advancing the Hindutva agenda” in the valley.
“The MMU held a meeting at Jama Masjid here following ill-fated attempts to undermine Kashmiri Muslim identity by asking Muslim students in schools and educational institutions to sing Hindu religious songs and do Surya Namaskar ( sun salutation).These dictates hurt the religious feelings of Muslims and create anguish in them,” the MMU said in a statement.
The amalgam said a resolution was passed unanimously at the meeting to express deep and serious concern about “weakening” the Muslim identity of the “Valley of the Saints”. The meeting expressed serious resentment against the imposition of acts in the name of yoga and morning prayers in educational institutions where Muslim students are forced to sing ‘bhajans’ and sometimes asked to perform ‘Surya Namaskar’ . This goes against the fundamental tenets of our religious practices, the resolution reads.
The statement said the MMU meeting urges the government, education department and relevant agencies that such activities are not tolerated by Kashmiri Muslims as it is a “direct challenge” to their religious and Islamic beliefs. “As such, the MMU calls on the government and relevant authorities to immediately withdraw its orders and end these practices in schools and educational institutions, which deeply hurt the religious feelings of Muslims and cause them grief. “, did he declare.
An alleged video went viral recently where students from a public school were seen singing “raghupati raghav raja ram”. The MMU has urged parents that if their children are forced to participate in un-Islamic activities in public schools, they should withdraw their children from these schools and enroll them in private schools.
He also urged Muslim teachers to avoid promoting such un-Islamic activities and give preference to their faith and Imaan. The MMU has expressed satisfaction that Friday prayers and five daily prayers are now permitted by the authorities of the central Jamia Masjid here and that people have not been prevented from gathering at the mosque.
“As such, he calls on the authorities to now release his boss and Mirwaiz Kashmir, Umar Farooq, and end his illegal house arrest since August 2019, following the upcoming holy month of Rabiul Awwal so that the Mirwaiz can continue with their religious obligations and duties. “, the statement read. The MMU also condemned the recent arrests of clerics in the valley and called for their immediate release.
“This meeting also raises its voice in vigorous protest against the tarnishing of the reputation of Islamic centers and Muslim institutions in JK through arbitrary arrests of Islamic scholars, preachers and imams and reserving them under the PSA and send to outside prisons. He condemns this act and calls for their immediate release,” he said.