Lucknow: Madrassas across the state celebrated the 71st Independence Day by unfurling the tricolour and reciting national anthem, even as the Yogi government's recent order of videography of the celebrations created confusions among the Islamic schools.

Though many madrassas paid heed to the order, many other claimed that they never received any official word on the celebrations.

Maulana Khalid Rasheed Firangimahli, head of Darul Uloom Firangimahal, said, "The Independence Day was celebrated in the madrassas traditionally with unfurling of national flag, recital of national anthem and distribution of sweets among students."

On being asked about the state directives on videography of the celebrations, the cleric said some of the Muslim religious schools have been doing it for their records, while some other madrassas chose to avoid the order.

Firangimahli, who is also a member of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board, said an "unnecessary hype" has been created with regard to the government order as the madrassas have always been celebrating Independence Day with fervour and gaiety.

Echoing similar views, Ashraf Usmani, spokesman of the Darul Uloom Deoband, said like in the past, the day was celebrated by unfurling of tricolour and singing of the national anthem.

"We have been celebrating the day in this manner earlier too...," he said.

"This is the function of our freedom, why will we not celebrate it," he asked.

In Bareilly, a majority of madrassas celebrated the day by unfurling the national flag, but some of them desisted from singing the national anthem.


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