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‘Prophet did not consume meat,’ says RSS leader, ‘meat is a disease and Muslim youth should not consume it’

Indresh Kumar, the RSS leader who heads Muslim Rashtriya Manch (MRM).

Srinagar: A member of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has made a controversial statement saying that the last Prophet in Islamic faith did not consume meat. He has advised the Muslim youth not to eat meat.

The statement was made by a senior RSS leader, Indresh Kumar.

Kumar is also chief of Muslim Rashtriya Manch (MRM).

MRM was formed in 2002 at the initiative of the then RSS chief K S Sudarshan to allow the Sangh Parivar to reach out to Muslims.

Kumar was attending an Iftaar party in Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi on Monday evening where he made such statements while speaking to reporters.

The Iftaar party was organised in the University Sports Complex.

However, the presence of Kumar in the premises of Jamia angered students who held protest demonstrations and even clashes with Delhi police cops.

The students, protesting outside Gate No. 7 of the varsity, alleged they were beaten up and detained.

Speaking during the Iftaar party, Kumar appealed all Indian Muslims not to have “gosht” as it was a “beemari”.

He, however, urged them to include cow milk in their sherbet.

Interestingly, the varsity vice-chancellor Prof Talat Ahmad gave it a miss.

A few days back, the BJP led NDA government appointed its former cabinet minister, Najma Heptulla, as first lady Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islami.

Kumar explained MRM’s three primary appeals to the Muslims of India.

“First, during Ramzan, they should plant trees in their localities, lanes, mosques and dargahs so that pollution can be tackled and the environment can be protected. Second, they should keep Tulsi plant in their homes, because it’s called Rehan (Jannat ki Jhaad) in Arabian and isse jannat naseeb hogi,” he said.

Third, Kumar said, “the Prophet and his heirs did not consume meat.”

Kumar was referring to last prophet of Muslims, Hazrat Muhammad (SAW). The Muslim faith records one lakh twenty four thousand prophets and Muhammad (SAW) is the last one.

“Meat is a disease… Milk is the cure,” he added.

According to their advice, he said, whoever sacrifices animals and consumes them is eating poison.”

Addressing a crowd, Kumar also said Indian Muslims should “struggle to make Islam beautiful, not unattractive”.

The Narendra Modi led right wing government is contemplating to ban cow slaughter across India. However, it has met with severe criticism but several states ruled by BJP have already made their official position public in this regard.

The meat of cow, goat, sheep is considered Halal in Muslim faith and it is mandatory for followers of Islam to sacrifice the animals on Eid-ul-Azha.


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