Ghar Wapsi: Owaisi locks horns with Hindu outfits, says there’s no forced conversion in Islam

The MP from Hyderabad said that every child is born as a Muslim but his parents convert him to other religions.

By: Press Trust of India | Hyderabad | Updated: January 6, 2015 12:43 pm
Asaduddin Owaisi, MIM, Owaisi Ghar wapsi MIM President Asaduddin Owaisi

AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi has stirred a controversy with remarks that every child is born a Muslim as he locked horns with right-wing Hindu outfits over their ‘ghar wapsi’ programme.

“Every child is born a Muslim. His parents and society convert him to other religions,” Owaisi said, apparently in a tit-for-tat to hardline Hindu organisations which have been claiming that ancestors of all Indians were Hindus.

“Islam is the real home of all religions. There is no forced conversion in Islam. It is you who need to come home, but we can’t give you money for that,” the Hyderabad MP said on Saturday night on the eve of Eid Milad Un-Nabi, the birth anniversary of Prophet Mohammed. Video footages were carried by TV news channels on Monday.

Owaisi’s statement drew strong reactions from political parties with senior NCP leader and Rajya Sabha member Majeed Memon calling it a “stunt” to get votes.

“It is a stunt by Owaisi for vote-catching. Everybody has the right to follow his religion and convert to other religion if he wants to. What Owaisi has said is not right,” he said.

JD(U) spokesman K C Tyagi described the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen leader as “Muslim edition” of RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat and VHP leader Praveen Togadia.

JD(U) Rajya Sabha member Ali Anwar termed the hardliners and Owaisi as “two sides of the same coin who complement each other and find sustenance from each other”.


“Such activities harm the nation,” he said.

As his comments triggered a row, Owaisi said it is a part of his “belief system” that Islam is the real home of all religions.

“It was a public speech. It was a celebration of Prophet Mohammad. I said these things in a 90-minute speech. It is our belief system.

“In a democracy, I have the permission to put forth my views. You are free to disagree. I am not pushing it down somebody’s throat,” he said.

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  1. A
    Jul 7, 2016 at 5:54 am
    If everyone is a born Muslim - then why are you wasting your time?
    1. Bahmanshah Sanjana
      Jan 5, 2015 at 2:23 pm
      Mr. Owaisi. Every child born in this world is a Human Being's Child. Let that child believe in Humanism First! Humility, Tolerance, good Thoughts, Good Words and good Deeds are the ONLY SALVATION!
      1. Harry Achari
        Jan 5, 2015 at 9:07 pm
        He is busy with buisiness. It's too early to judge his performance as far as his short term is concerned. Indian people were sleeping like drugs addicted for 60 years during congress rule. They had no comment. now some one tries to solve it although he has just sitten in his thrown,
        1. Harry Achari
          Jan 5, 2015 at 8:58 pm
          Nature made the earth perfect with all rich resources. when there is jungle growing out it produce more sheeps which see the right oppostunity to make more kids. Jungle start decreasing. To avoid that danger nature produce tigers to reduce sheeps populions which form potential danger for the balace, then comes the wrong product. ' Humans' . It's potion growth and it's destruction of nature is unstoppable. Diseases are not even help to reduce the numbers. So nature found another solution to out number them. ' religon' and It's poison. Now we are there unfortunately.
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            Rajendra Raman
            Jan 5, 2015 at 1:27 pm
            Such crackpot friends of the Congress continue to create trouble, and cause natural reaction by not only crackpot friends of the BJP but even ordinary citizens. The Congress must be destro completely for the country to make any progress..
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