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Agra: Community Issues Fatwa, Family Ostracize Muslim Man For His Love For ‘Vande Mataram’

Agra, Nov 29: A Muslim man, identified as Gulchaman Sherwani, from a community in Agra has been ostracized for his “love” for the Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay’s song “Vande Mataram”. Sherwani, who lives in a Muslim dominated area of Azampara, claims that his children have been removed from the schools after some families in the community raised objections to him being a “Vande Mataram” lover. A Maulana has also issued a fatwa against the Muslim man.

Sherwani told the Times of India that the Muslim schools have refused to take his children in the schools due to his passion for the national song. Aslam Khan, who runs a school in Azampara, told TOI that Sherwani’s daughter was admitted last year but due to objections from some parents, he was forced to remove her from the school.

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The Delhi Jama Masjid Imam, Maulana Ahmed Bukhari has even issued a fatwa against him and dubbed him a “Kafir”. However, even a fatwa didn’t discourage him from following his passion.

Dressed in the tri-colours, Sherwani also makes his family wear clothes stitched in the colours of the Indian flag. In 2006, Sunni Ulema Board president Maulana Syed Shah Badruddin Qadri in Hyderabad had issued a fatwa against Sherwani against singing Vande Mataram in schools. he had then protested against it.

To protest against the fatwa, Sherwani went on a fast in front of the Agra Civil Court. “ande Mataram was not against Islam and by opposing its singing in schools the Maulana had committed an anti-national act,” he said.

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Sherwani’s family disowned him when he was 9 years old, he claimed. “He himself left home due to some personal issues and wanted to stay away from us,” Sherwani’s step-mother Ajeejan said. His brother said that “Sherwani never listens to anyone and does things as per his own wish”.

Sherwani has been disowned by the community, Mohammad Idrish Ali, president of AIMIM, Agra unit, told TOI.

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