Singing of hymns in schools: Protection of religious identity our fundamental responsibility says MMU

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Srinagar, Sep 20: Muttahida Majlis-e-Ulema (MMU) Jammu and Kashmir, the representative amalgam of religious social and educational organisations of Kashmir Tuesday strongly objected to the enforcement of singing Hindu hymns in schools in Kashmir, as can be seen in a viral clip on social media at a government high school in Nagam Kulgam , during morning prayer.

This matter is a cause of great concern to Millat-e-Kashmir, the MMU said in a statement  and termed it as an attempt to undermine the religious identity.

Majlis-e-Ulema made it clear that protection of religion and Islamic identity is, as Muslims their fundamental religious responsibility; and deliberate interference in this by the government, education department or any other agency will neither be accepted nor tolerated.

“It is becoming clear that there seems to be a deliberate plan to push our young generation through state run educational institutions towards apostasy, to wean them away from Islamic beliefs and identity, to speed their so called ‘integration’, with the Hindutva idea of India. This is a very serious matter,” MMU said.

Muttahida Majlis-e-Ulema said that efforts to browbeat Muslim Ulemas and scholars and weaken their influence in J&K is being carried out as the recent spate of arrests of respected Ulemas and religious heads and invoking of PSA against them shows , and the continued detention of MMU patron and Mirwaiz of Kashmir for last three years.

Yet despite all odds and pressures, MMU said that it will try to convene a meeting of its members to discuss and deliberate upon this serious matter and formulate a unified strategy in this regard.

MMU asked people, including teachers, to show resilience to such diktats from authorities that go against the very grain of our religious beliefs and identity .

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