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Namaz should be offered inside mosques: Haryana CM Khattar

Namaz should be offered inside mosques: Haryana CM Khattar

People in our country have been praying in public for centuries so why is this being brought up now? Religion isn't just plainly visible, it's part of the fabric of daily life.

Days after the Hindu outfits based in Gurgaon obstructed the Muslims from reading their customary Friday namaz in the open, the representatives of the Muslims community along with a group of residents on Tuesday morning met the divisional commissioner in Gurgaon. The practice is a common one; Muslims who happen to be out of their homes and away from a mosque during the working day drop to prayer in the nearest convenient spot.

Incidents of disruption of Friday congregational prayers had surfaced, where right-wing members disturbed the prayer and chanted slogans. On April 20 - also a Friday - a prayer session was interrupted in Wazirabad, in Gurugram. They also demanded that the administration protect offering of namaz at current locations.

After the video went viral, six of the men were arrested.

Most national newspapers carried a statement made by the chief minister of Haryana, Manohar Lal Khattar, wherein he underscored something that should have been obvious till now.

Couching his reasoning in the need to maintain public order, the chief minister justified his statement saying that people object to Muslims reading namaz at public places. "These should not be displayed at public places", he said. "No permission can be granted for this".

However, given the kind of appeasement politics that all political parties apart from the BJP have been indulging in lately, I would not bet on it. It is also under consideration of the state government to give preference to such students in recruitment to the Police Department, he added. "The BJP and RSS always have an agenda of playing with religious sentiments and disturbing communal harmony", he said. People from various communities including Muslims have migrated from other states to find greener pastures here. Mr Suresh had already met representatives of the Samiti on Monday.

Police said they were present at the namaz sites and prevented any violence from taking place.

Gurugram has very few mosques, the letter pointed out. "There is a shortage and hence open public spaces were being used for years", he said. Hindu groups have warned the government that they would continue their protest if "unauthorised" prayers in public places is not stopped.

"India is a republic governed by the Constitution".


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