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Could we sing national anthem and say the plegde of allegience to the secular state while the flag is being raised up?

Our school children are forced to attend national school, and every morning they are forced to sing and make the pledge. Muslims religious ulamas in my country also have to make the pledge during national day. Is it a act of blapshemy?

Answer

As Muslims, our pledge of allegiance is only to Allah and His Rasul (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam). However, as Muslims in a non-Muslim state, we are obliged to follow the laws of the country which are not contrary to Shari’ah.

The allegiance of pledge by singing the national anthem of a secular state which has many un-Islamic laws, for example, legalising homosexuality, lesbianism, pornography, etc. is not permissible.

And Allah Taãla Knows Best.

Was salaam

Mufti Ebrahim Desai
FATWA DEPT.

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