Prayer “Mere Allah Burai Se Bachana Mujhko” results in the suspension of the director of UP

Police said they filed a complaint because the prayer is not on the public school prayer list.

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The principal of a public school in Bareilly district, Uttar Pradesh, has been suspended by the state’s education department after right-wing groups allegedly complained to police about a prayer chant sung by children. The police filed a complaint. No one has been arrested yet.

The suspension came after a video clip of children singing a popular prayer in Urdu “lab pe aati hai dua banke tamanna meri” the morning assembly was widely broadcast.

The clip shows the part where the children are heard singing the lines “Mother allah burai se bachaana mujhko”.

Police said they filed a complaint because the prayer is not part of the daily prayer schedule in public schools and has to do with “a religion”.

“The prayer was not on the approved list and was for a community,” said a senior police officer in the area.

The Education Department said the principal had been suspended based on initial reports and would investigate 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 district principal in Pilibhit in the state was also suspended after students were heard singing the song. Following a complaint from the local unit of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, the authorities took action.

At the time, reports said the Pilibhit District Magistrate claimed that the principal had been suspended for not having students sing the national anthem.

Last month, right-wing activists in Udupi, Karnataka staged protests against authorities at a private school after students staged a performance of “Azan”, the Muslim call to prayer during a sporting event. Mother Teresa Memorial School in the town of Shankaranarayana had to apologize after activists confronted school authorities.

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