New Delhi/ Deoband (Uttar Pradesh): Scholars of an Islamic group in Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday passed an edict banning Mataram, India’s national song, saying it is against their religious belief.

The Jamiat-e-Ulema Hind (JEU) passed a resolution at its national convention in Deoband, saying Muslims should not sing the national song as some verses of it are against the tenets of Islam.

Kamal Farooqi, a member of the Mulsim Personal Law Board, told CNN-IBN from Deoband that the fatwa (edict) was consistent with their view that the national song has religious connotations.

The move drew fierce criticism from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which termed the move "anti-national"