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Muslims Standing For The Anthem In Schools In India

Some exercise for your brains:

Case 1
A 9 year old boy dint do his homework. And the teacher asked the boy to stand up on the bench. And the boy said: I will not stand up, it is shirk.

Case 2
A man was arrested and brought into the jail. He was lying down on the floor, while the Police Inspector entered the jail and asked the man to stand up. The man said: I will not stand up, it is shirk.

Case 3
A husband and his wife were in their house, and the wife was reading newspaper. Then they heard to the door bell ring, and the husband asked her to stand up and open the door. The wife said: I will not stand up, it is shirk.

I know this is funny. But this is how people are. Every standing is not shirk. There are occasions when people stand up to greet a visitor. There are people who stand up in a queue for a reason. So, every standing is not shirk.

With respect to the standing up for the National Anthem, the scholars have said that it is a Bida'- innovation, and it can lead up to shirk - association to God. It's a bida' since our Prophet sallallaahu 'alaihi wasallam didn't teach this. And it can lead up to shirk if one believes that the Anthem or the flag will help him or harm him - i.e if one considers it to be God.

In a democratic country, when the educational institutions are expected to organise events commemorating the Independence Day, wherein the schools are obligated to read the Anthem and stand up while reading, the management don't have any other option, but to fulfil the mandate, so that the schools are not shut down, and the management are not arrested. Just last year a school was shut down and its manager was arrested for not singing the anthem in the school. I want to know which Khalifa thumpers went for their rescue? Just don't build castles in bubbles.

India is not an Islamic State. It is a democratic country. Under the democratic system, the Muslims are also supposed to be part of the system, or get out of the system. You can't be keeping one foot in and the other foot out.

Btw Bid'a in 'Amal and Bid'a in 'Aqeedah are two different issues. Bid'a in actions and Bid'a in creed are not on the same plane. Sometime an action is done out of compulsion or necessity. Such as standing before the Judge in a Court of Law. That action is done out of compulsion. And under coercion or force, when there's threat for one's self or property, it is allowed by ALLAH Himself to even utter words of Kufr to save their selves.

Ammar Bin Yasir radhiyAllaahu 'anhu was forced by the kuffaar of Makka to utter words of disrespect to our Prophet sallallaahu 'alaihi wasallam. When the Prophet heard about it, he told Ammar that he did the right thing. And Allah also reveals the Aayah in the Qur'an:

Quran 16:106
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مَن كَفَرَ بِاللَّهِ مِن بَعْدِ إِيمَانِهِ إِلَّا مَنْ أُكْرِهَ وَقَلْبُهُ مُطْمَئِنٌّ بِالْإِيمَانِ وَلَٰكِن مَّن شَرَحَ بِالْكُفْرِ صَدْرًا فَعَلَيْهِمْ غَضَبٌ مِّنَ اللَّهِ وَلَهُمْ عَذَابٌ عَظِيمٌ

Whoever disbelieves in Allah after his belief... except for one who is forced [to renounce his religion] while his heart is secure in faith. But those who [willingly] open their breasts to disbelief, upon them is wrath from Allah, and for them is a great punishment;

So the act of disrespecting the Prophet will take one out of Islam. But when the heart is not approving it, the person's faith is intact. And for this, one doesn't need any fatwa from any Mufti, since Allah Himself has permitted it, and no mufti will come for your rescue when you are behind the bars. So don't teach us 'aqeedah and stuff. Come on grounds and do something, rather than giving commentary while you've no idea of what goes on in our localities.

The people of India have sentiments over the Freedom Struggle and the sacrifices made by their forefathers to get ourselves away from the British Raj. It's an occasion to remember the bravery and valour that freed us from the slavery. It was when the Muslims and the non-Muslims united on a single mission to drive away the oppressors out of our borders. And the leaders have sacrificed their lives and property, so that you and I can get education and job. And today if you were to belittle their sacrifices, then you've proven to be a renegade. Watch out!

We love our country. But if we think based on religious inklings that we don't need to show our love for our country by standing to the anthem or the flag, then one must work this through legal deliberations. So if any relaxation must be brought on this, then one has to move this matter through the court of law to get exempted from this. Until then, the educational institutions must act upon the orders of the court and the board of education.

And for those who pass comments on others like kings on thrones, shut your garbage and talk with sense and responsibility. If anyone wants to teach Islam to others, teach it while you don't make remarks on individuals.

At the end, there's one message I want to leave you with. I love this country India - AL HIND. And our Prophet sallallaahu 'alaihi wasallam talked about AL-HIND. Yes, sometime it is required to show your love and display your good intentions for your countrymen. It is required at a time when there's so much misinformation about you and your religion. Thanks.

Writer
Umar Shariff
President, DIET


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