Skip to main content

Faisal Khan's arrest: How can holding Hindu parkirama in Mathura 'incite' disharmony?

Counterview Desk

Acharya Yugal Kishore Sharan Shastri, mahant, Ram Janaki Mandir, Ayodhya, along with four other prominent individuals, calling Khudai Khidmadgar leader Faisal Khan commitment to communal harmony and peace “exemplary”, and describing his arrest on November 2 “sad”, have said that there is a contradiction in charges slapped on him by the Uttar Pradesh police.
In a statement, also signed by Dr Sandeep Pandey, well-known social activist and vice-president, Socialist Party (India), Father Anand from Varansai, Prof Vipin Tripathi, former Professor, IIT, Delhi,Sunita Vishwanath, Hindus for Human Rights, New York, they wonder, “Those who are taking out 84 Kos Parikrama for peace and communal harmony in Mathura, how can they have the objective of inciting religious sentiments of anyone?”
The statement reads, “Followers of Hindu faith should be happy that people from other faiths are also taking out 84 Kos Parkirama as per Hindu traditions and customs and receiving blessings and prasada from their temple.”

Text:

Uttar Pradesh police arrested Faisal Khan in Delhi and brought him to Mathura on 2nd November 2020 but so far neither he has been presented in the court nor police-administration is willing to provide any information about him.
48 years old Faisal Khan has invested his entire life to strengthen communal harmony. With the intent to maintain and promote peace and harmony between people and communities he took out countless marches not just within India but also between India and Pakistan. On one hand he reads the verses of Quran and on another hand he also recites Ramcharitmanas with equal conviction. He offers namaz in mosques and also receives prasad and blessings from the priest of Hindu temples.
Last year he also took part in Saryu 'aarti' in Ayodhya. In 2018 he was awarded by well known saint Murari Bapu who had called him to Mahua, Gujarat, for felicitation during ‘Sadbhavna Parv’, and also address his gathering. Murari Bapu was so overwhelmed upon hearing Ramcharitmanas verses from Faisal that he promised to visit 'Sabka Ghar' near Gaffar Manzil, Jamia Milia Delhi, which has been established by Faisal, dedicated to those who sacrificed their lives as victims of some form of discrimination or other.
Sabka Ghar is a living example of communal harmony where people of different religious faiths come and live together, and celebrate different festivals like Holi, Diwali, Eid, Christmas and others together with equal fervour and spirit.
Recently Faisal Khan, Chand Mohammad, Alok Ratan and Nilesh Gupta took out '84 Kos Parikrama' of Braj in Mathura during which they paid a visit to Nand Baba Mandir. They received prasad from this temple and Faisal recited verses from Ramcharitmanas to the priest. The priest happily allowed him to offer namaz inside the premises on October 29, 2020.
When the photographs of Faisal Khan and Chand Mohammad offering Namaz in the temple premises went viral, then it appears as if someone with maligned intent asked the priest to lodge a police complaint. That is why after three days of this incident, on November 1, 2020, a first information report was lodged. All four people who took out the 84 Kos Parkirama have been charged with Indian Penal Code sections 153A, 295 and 505. On November 2, 2020, UP Police arrested Faisal Khan from Delhi and took him to Mathura.
There is a contradiction in charges slapped by the police. Those who are taking out 84 Kos Parikrama for peace and communal harmony in Mathura how can they have the objective of inciting religious sentiments of anyone? Followers of Hindu faith should be happy that people from other faiths are also taking out 84 Kos Parkirama as per Hindu traditions and customs and receiving blessings and prasada from their temple.
Moreover, all religions overall believe that there is one God. Then what difference does it make if we worship the God differently? Some people may worship by offering namaz. Our destination is the same, even if we take different routes. Those who will listen to the voice of reason will not have any objection to this. But if someone wants to leverage political mileage out of religion or polarise communities on religious sentiments then such a person will make an issue out of this incident.
Faisal Khan received prasad. He recited verses from Ramcharitmanas. The priest happily allowed him to offer namaz inside the premises
Faisal Khan is also a trustee of Sarva Dharma Sadbhava Kendra Trust located in Ram Janaki Mandir in Durahi Kuan, Sarju Kunj, Ayodhya. There is a plan to develop an all-faith communal harmony centre in this Ram Janaki Temple where Acharya Yugal Kishore Sharan Shastri is the priest. Faisal Khan has offered Namaz several times in this temple. People of all faith and caste including Dalits are welcome in this temple.
There is also a langar (kitchen) organized at this temple everyday like in Gurudwaras. The committee which manages the langar is headed by Danish Ahmed of Faizabad. One of the objectives of the religion is to encourage people to live in harmony and peace with each other. If people use religion to incite discontent or divide then this cannot be a called a religious act.
Faisal Khan also organised a march from Delhi to Haridwar in March 2019 to support Brahmachari Atmabodhanand, who was sitting on a fast in Matra Sadan Ashram to demand a law to protect the river Ganga. Faisal also took head of Matra Sadan Swami Shivanand in February 2020 to Delhi so that he can distribute relief materials for victims of communal riots in the camp, and also help with restoring a damaged mosque. 
Faisal Khan is doing important work of an antidote to the poison that communal forces are spreading in the society. That is why it is even more shocking to see the charges under which Faisal Khan was arrested.
We hope that the society will understand Faisal Khan and his spirit and stand along with those who are trying to maintain and strengthen communal harmony and peace rather than those who are trying to divide us for their selfish gains. We also demand that UP government and police should correct its mistakes and withdraw all charges against Faisal Khan and his colleagues and release them with due respect.

Comments

TRENDING

Buddhist shrines massively destroyed by Brahmanical rulers in "pre-Islamic" era: Historian DN Jha's survey

Nalanda mahavihara By Our Representative Prominent historian DN Jha, an expert in India's ancient and medieval past, in his new book , "Against the Grain: Notes on Identity, Intolerance and History", in a sharp critique of "Hindutva ideologues", who look at the ancient period of Indian history as "a golden age marked by social harmony, devoid of any religious violence", has said, "Demolition and desecration of rival religious establishments, and the appropriation of their idols, was not uncommon in India before the advent of Islam".

Liberating Bengal Hindus? Worst flames of communal division, lessons from the past

By Shamsul Islam*  The whole thrust of the RSS-BJP election campaign for 2021 state assembly elections in West Bengal has been to save Bengal from the rule of Mamata Bannerjee who is allegedly not a ‘Hindu’. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a self-proclaimed Hindu nationalist, as usual set the polarizing agenda. While addressing the first election rally, he called upon the electorate to overthrow the ‘nirmam’ (cruel) rule of Mamata by showing a ‘Ram Card’. He did not name Hindus directly but there was no confusion about the religious identity of the electorate Indian PM was addressing to.

Pradeep Bhattacharya, who spent his life for the cause of working masses, rational thinking

By YS Gill*  At 11:30 pm on May 3, 2021, I lost my best friend and comrade Pradeep Bhattacharya. He spent his life dedicated to the cause of the working masses and rational thinking. A person of thorough scientific outlook and a well-read student of Marxian thought, he was a walking encyclopedia and could speak on a wide variety of topics from art and culture to science, philosophy, history and politics.

Swami Vivekananda's views on caste and sexuality were 'painfully' regressive

By Bhaskar Sur* Swami Vivekananda now belongs more to the modern Hindu mythology than reality. It makes a daunting job to discover the real human being who knew unemployment, humiliation of losing a teaching job for 'incompetence', longed in vain for the bliss of a happy conjugal life only to suffer the consequent frustration.

Rs 5 crore 'demand' for India Today anchor: What about 52 lesser souls who died in April?

By Vidya Bhushan Rawat*  A well known Hindutva protagonist masquerading as journalist passed away recently resulting in messages of condolences and tribute right from the Prime Minister and the Home Minister to progressive liberals expressing grief of his untimely death. It is said that he passed away due to cardiac arrest, though the fact is, he was also Covid infected. The Prime Minister and the Home Minister termed him a ‘brave’ journalist, insisting, his passing away has left a big ‘vacuum’.

Modi's Hindutva 'ensuring' empowerment of rich, disenfranchisement of poor

Bhabani Shankar Nayak*  The Hindutva socio-psychopaths are neither nationalists nor patriotic people. These medieval reactionary forces don’t understand the idea of citizenship, justice, liberty, equality and humanism. Indian democracy is merely an electoral transaction for the Hindutva forces. Hindutva forces neither follow science nor understand the sufferings of fellow human beings. These core qualities are common among the Hindutva forces in India.

Despite crisis, Modi's Hindutva strategy 'increased' mass base in society and polity

By Bhabani Shankar Nayak*  Narendra Modi and his RSS brethren can qualify as masters of fake claims. There is a long lists of lies spread by RSS, BJP and their IT cell workers. It is not a personality disorder or lying with fear. They are trained to defend Modi and his government’s decisions in whatever possible way. They defended demonetisation by arguing that it is “an important step” in his fight against black money and corruption.

India's Covid-19 'nightmare': A product of majoritarian Hindutva ideological praxis?

By Bhabani Shankar Nayak*  Indians struggle to find place and time to bury their dead due to the devastating effects of the second wave of Covid-19 in India. The crematoriums in the capital cities are overflowing with dead bodies. People are dying without oxygen and basic medical support. The cities like Delhi and Mumbai are struggling to cope with the rising number of infections and COVID-19 led deaths. The deaths and destitutions are products of a defunct BJP government led by Narendra Modi.

Indian media persons collapsing to Covid disease as fast as 3 per day, third highest

Yogesh Sharma, Shailesh Rawal  By Our Representative  The Switzerland based media rights and safety body, Press Emblem Campaign ( PEC ) has said that it is “alarming for Indian journalists”, who have lost at least 107 colleagues to Covid-19”, noting, Indian “journo-colleagues” have been collapsing to the Covid-19 complications now as fast as three scribes per day. In a statement, PEC said, “India with 107 media corona-casualties has already placed itself on the third position just below Brazil (181 dead) and Peru (140) in the list of Covid-19 victims among journalist.”

Communal rhetoric? Hindutva preached by RSS-BJP is 'monolithic', not Hinduism

By Prem Verma*  I am a devout Hindu but not a believer of RSS Hindutva form of Hinduism which brings about hatred of other religions. My Hindu religion has not taught me to look down on other religions and neither has it instilled in me to go about converting others to my religion because my religion is superior.