Kolkata: In a shocking incident, a headmaster of a madrasa was beaten here for training students to sing the national anthem for the Republic Day.
Many of the radical Muslim clerics who attacked Kazi Masum Akhtar, who teaches at Talpukur Ara High Madarsa in Metiabruz area of south-west Kolkata, rooted for the ISIS, New Indian Express quoted sources as saying.
The maulvis further dubbed the national anthem “sacrilege” and a “Hindutva song” and issued a fatwa against Akhtar.
As per Muslim clerics, singing the “Hindu” national anthem and hoisting the Tricolour in an Islamic teaching institution are anti-Islamic.
The head of the West Bengal government-aided madarsa was last year prohibited from carrying on his duties at the madrasa, unless he sports Islamic attire and grows a beard.
Despite his appeal to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi and the chairman of State Minorities Commission, the authorities have failed to ensure security. “We live under the shadow of terror,” his wife Refika Akhtar said.
Kazi Masum was in charge of the madrasa since 2012 and was successful in upgrading the quality of education there, said a family member.
In fact, the madrasa’s managing committee had recommended his name for the state government’s Shiksha Ratna award (best teacher in the state).
Source: Zee News