MRM slams Ulemas in J-K, Kerala for celebrating Eid with Pak and Arab nations

  • Smriti Kak Ramachandran, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jul 07, 2016 13:35 IST
Former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir Omar Abdullah along with others offering prayers during Eid celebrations at Hazratbal shrine in Srinagar on Wednesday. (PTI)

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) affiliate, the Muslim Rashtriya Manch (MRM) has lashed out at Ulemas in Jammu and Kashmir and Kerala for opting to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr on the same day as in the Arab countries and Pakistan.

Kashmir and Kerala celebrated Eid on Wednesday, even as the Tehreek E Hilal Committee has announced that India will celebrate Eid on Thursday.

The MRM has objected to the two states celebrating Eid with Pakistan and said it will write to the Ulemas, to protest against what is sees as an “attempt to drive a wedge between Indian Muslims”.

“This is regretful that UIemas have opted to celebrate on the same day as Pakistan. There are laid down rules on the sighting of the moon, which decides the day on which Eid will be celebrated. By opting for Wednesday, these Ulemas have shortened the holy month of Ramazan by one day and have wronged lakhs of Muslims,” MRM’s Mohamad Afzal told HT.

The BJP, of which the RSS is the ideological mentor, runs a coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir. The party however, chose not to reach to the decision.

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“This is a decision of the religious leaders, the party or the government has nothing to do with this. We let the religious leaders take a call on such issues, but a majority of the Muslims in Jammu have decided to celebrate Eid on Thursday” a senior BJP leader from Jammu told HT.

Last week MRM dropped Pakistan from its list of invitees for its annual Iftar, in protest against the High Commissioner’s comments on the attack on CRFP personnel in Kashmir’s Pampore.

The MRM had invited envoys of all Muslim nations to the Iftar celebrations held in the Parliament House annexe.


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