A Manager of a school in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh has instructed his staff and students not to sing the National Anthem in independence day citing the reason that it is against the tenets of Islam. Zia-Ul-Haq, the manager of MA Convent School said that singing the anthem in school cannot be allowed as the line in the first stanza – ‘Bharat Bhagya Vishata’ is against the tenets of Islam. He also told the staff that whoever is not in agreement with the rule can resign and leave. Eight teachers including the Principal quit in protest of the rule.
Speaking to media, Haq sais, “In the national anthem, the country has been described as being bigger and more important than mazhab (religion) and khuda (god), which is unacceptable for any true Muslim,” said Haq.
“Even the Supreme Court has said that you cannot force anyone to do anything which is against their religion,” he added.
The school has around 300 students, and it is learnt that this rule has been in practice for around 12 years now. Much to the chargin of the newly appointed Prinicipal and staff the manager asked them to follow the rule, which they said was against their conscience. ‘We refused to fall in line,” said Ritu Varma who resigned as Principal,
An official probe has been ordered into the incident.