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Offering Namaz On Road: Muslim panel has varying views

He said namaaz on roads was not a daily affair and happened only on Friday due to the rush

Monday July 29, 2019 12:04 PM, ummid.com with inputs from IANS

Namaz on road

Lucknow: General Secretary of the All-India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) and one of its prominent members have expressed varying views about offering Namaaz (Salah or Muslim prayers) on roads and open spaces.

While AIMPLB General Secretary Maulana Wali Rehmnai blamed the "communal forces" for making an issue of the matter, Maulana Khalid Rashid Firangi Mahali, a member of the board, said that prayers should not be offered by causing inconvenience to anyone.

"Namaaz is prayer before Allah. It is not right to offer prayers by causing inconvenience to anyone", Firangi Mahali said but added that namaaz on roads was not a daily affair and happened only on Friday due to the rush.

"In some mosques, when there is no space left for people, they offer prayers on the road on Friday. But if anyone has any objection to it, then the people should make an extra effort to reach the mosque in time for it," he said.

The cleric, while referring to recent incidents of non-Hindus being forced to chant 'Jai Shri Ram', said: "As far as Hinduism is concerned, there is no scope for force."

"Ram has not said anywhere that his followers should forcibly get slogans raised for him. Ram is known as 'Maryada Purshottam'. How anyone can behave in an undignified manner in his name?" he asked.

General Secretary of the AIMPLB, Maulana Wali Rehmani, however, said that it was not wrong according to the Shariat to offer namaaz on an open place.

"Let people read into what I have said," he said, adding that it had become a habit of some 'saffron-clad people' to behave in an arbitrary manner against Muslims.

In Hathras, some Hindu organizations had objected to namaaz on roads and had organized the recital of Hanuman Chalisa outside the Hanuman temple in Sikandararau area as retaliation.

In Aligarh, the district administration has banned all 'religious activities' on roads without prior permission.

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