CLAIMING THAT Islam supports hailing of motherland and cow protection, RSS leader Indresh Kumar said in Nagpur Saturday that opposition to “Bharat Mata ki Jai” was due to the “ignorance of language”.
“The controversy over Bharat Mata ki Jai is completely misguided. Quran clearly directs Muslims to respect their vatan, which is called Madar-e-Vatan. I want to ask Maulanas who opposed the slogan how they allow themselves to be garlanded, which is clearly an act of moorti puja (idol worship) and what do they think about sajda (a prayer posture where the devotee bends head in submission to God). The opposition to Bharat Mata slogan is due to the ignorance of language,” Kumar, also convener of Muslim Rashtriya Manch told reporters ahead of a three-day convention of its national executive.
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He claimed, “According to Quran, cow is considered good for the treatment of various diseases. Cow slaughter is prohibited in Mecca and Medina. So, it is wrong to believe that a ban on beef or cow slaughter is against Islam or Muslims.”
Responding to a question on remarks of Shankaracharya Swami Swaroopanand Saraswati on the issue of women’s entry in Shani Shingnapur temple, he said: “Before making such statements, Shankaracharya should consult people.” Shankaracharya had said worshipping Shani will bring ill luck to women and give rise to crimes like rape. Kumar, however, hit out at activists who led the movement in demand of women’s entry into the temple’s core area. Alleging that they used hinsa and marketing to push their cause, he said: “Such issues should be handled through dialogue.”