“Mere Allah Burai Se Bachana Mujhko” Prayer Gets UP Principal Suspended
The principal of a government-run school in the Bareilly district of Uttar Pradesh has been suspended by the state’s education ministry after right-wing groups complained to police about a prayer song sung by children. The police have filed a case file. No one has been arrested.
The suspension came after a video clip of children singing a prayer in popular Urdu “lab pe aati hai dua banke tamanna meri” in the morning meeting was widely circulated.
The clip shows the part where the children can hear the lines singing “just allah burai se bachaana mujhko”.
Police said they filed the case because the vigil was not part of the daily prayer schedule of public schools and had to be done “with a religion”.
“The prayer service was not on an approved list and involved a community,” said a senior police officer for the area.
The education ministry said the principal had been suspended based on initial information and that it would conduct an investigation into the matter.
The song in question was written in 1902 by Urdu poet Mohammad Iqbal who also wrote the famous lines “Sare jahan se achcha Hindustan hamara”.
In 2019, a principal in the state’s Pilibhit district was also suspended after hearing students sing the song. After the local unit of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad complained, the authorities took action.
At the time, reports said the Pilibhit District Judge announced the principal had been suspended because he did not make the students sing the national anthem.
Last month, right-wing activists in Karnataka’s Udupi staged protests against the government of a private school after students staged a performance of “Azan,” the song’s call to prayer. Muslims at a sporting event. The Mother Teresa Memorial School in the town of Shankaranarayana had to apologize after activists confronted the school authorities.
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