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RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat Visits Mosque, Madrasa In Outreach To Muslims

Mohan Bhagwat’s assembly with Umer Ahmed Ilyasi lasted greater than an hour.

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, who has been assembly Muslim leaders in an unprecedented outreach, visited a mosque in Delhi and held a gathering with its chief cleric.

Mohan Bhagwat met with Umer Ahmed Ilyasi, the chief cleric of the All India Imam Group, at a mosque within the coronary heart of Delhi, not removed from high authorities and political places of work.

It was described as a “closed door assembly” that lasted greater than an hour.

“It sends out an excellent message to the nation. We had discussions like a household. It was great that they got here on our invitation,” mentioned Suhaib Ilyasi, the cleric’s son.

The RSS chief met with Muslim intellectuals just lately to attempt to “strengthen communal concord”, in response to the organisation. The gesture is important within the aftermath of the Hijab row in Karnataka and suspended BJP chief Nupur Sharma’s feedback on the Prophet, which triggered violence and protests. The group sought a gathering weeks after Mr Bhagwat’s assertion questioning the necessity to “search for a Shivling underneath each mosque”, towards the backdrop of a petition requesting Hindu prayers at a shrine inside Varanasi’s Gyanvapi mosque complicated.

The RSS or Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh is the ideological mentor of the BJP. “RSS Sarsanghachalak meets folks from all walks of life. It’s a part of the continual common ‘Samvad’ (dialogue) course of,” RSS spokesperson Sunil Ambekar mentioned.

On August 22, Mr Bhagwat met with 5 Muslim intellectuals and shared his issues concerning the “present environment of disharmony” within the nation, it’s learnt. Either side agreed to dial down divisive rhetoric and mentioned what every had objections to.

Former Chief Election Commissioner SY Quraishi, who was within the 75-minute assembly, mentioned Mr Bhagwat mentioned even he was frightened concerning the state of affairs within the nation. “I am not proud of the environment of disharmony. It’s utterly mistaken. the nation can transfer forward solely with cooperation and cohesion,” he quoted the RSS chief as saying.

Mr Bhagwat mentioned factors of concern to him, like cow slaughter, which upsets the Hindus, he mentioned.

“So we mentioned it’s banned virtually throughout the nation. The Muslims are regulation abiding and if anybody violates it, it’s a enormous mistake and there ought to be punishment,” Mr Quraishi mentioned.

The opposite was using the phrase “kafir” or non-believers, which “gave the Hindus a nasty feeling”, Mr Bhagwat reportedly mentioned.

“We mentioned the initially in Arabic, the phrase means non-believers. Some folks consider in Islam, they’re referred to as ‘Momin’. The non-believers are ‘kafir’. It was a impartial phrase and now it has develop into abusive. We do not have an issue stopping it,” Mr Quraishi mentioned.

The Muslim leaders made the purpose “that some right-wing folks name Muslims jihadi and Pakistani”.

“They’re suspicious of Muslims’ loyalty and wish them to show their patriotism at each flip. The Muslims are additionally Indians,” Mr Bhagwat, he mentioned, agreed. “We share the identical DNA. Nearly all of Muslims listed here are converts,” he quoted the RSS chief as saying in response.

“He gave us a lot assurance. His assertion on Shivling was additionally very robust and we welcome it,” Mr Quraishi mentioned.

Delhi’s former Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung, former Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim College Lieutenant Normal Zameer Uddin Shah, former MP Shahid Siddiqui and businessman Saeed Shervani additionally attended the assembly.

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