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Mehbooba Mufti: ‘Indian Muslims follow real Islam’

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New Delhi: Referring to Muslims who rejected the two-nation theory to stay back in India, Mehbooba Mufti, PDP MP and BJP alliance partner, told Lok Sabha on Friday, that “nobody can ask them to leave. For, this country owns them and they own this country.”

Mufti, who still has an opposition bench seat, said that though tolerance may be lacking in “politicians who are only concerned about elections”, it still exists among the people of India.

“Let us make our country a showcase window of harmony and what true Islam is all about,” said Mufti, quoted TOI.

In an obvious reference to the attacks faced by Aamir Khan and Shah Rukh Khan for the comments on intolerance, Mufti said, “To those who ask (Muslims) to go to Pakistan, I want to say that the country owns us and we own the country.”

“The system may have failed but the people have never failed,” Mufti said in her impactful speech regarding the spirit of tolerance in the nation. She added that the fact that India is a tolerant nation was “proved every time, whether it is after Dadri recently, or Bhagalpur or Gujarat or any other riots…”

Mufti said that the reason behind this was “also because the Hindu majority (community) is very tolerant. Babasaheb (Ambedkar) must have taken tolerance from Hinduism. The way Hinduism has tolerance, perhaps no one has it. The way historians, authors and scientists have been protesting and returning their awards… the way they came out in protest keeps the nation alive. I salute that India,” she said.

“In Pakistan or Syria even if a Muslim is killed one cannot open their mouth,” she added.

Mufti praised Ambedkar extensively on his foresight when preparing the Constitution. She said that “unlike the present day politicians who think about next election”, Ambedkar’s “thought about future generations while drafting the constitution” is evident in its inclusiveness.

“He gave us an inclusive Constitution… Jammu and Kashmir was the only Muslim majority state which was part of India…” said Mufti, citing that the Article 370 of the Constitution which grants special autonomous status to J&K was formulated “with understanding and sensitivity”. It is steps like this which go to show “our nation is the most tolerant nation”, remarked Mufti.

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Government ends Haj subsidy as part of a new policy

Announcing the decision, Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said it was in line with the government's agenda to empower minorities without appeasing them.

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A total of 1.75 lakh Indian Muslims can go for Haj this year. Wikimedia Commons
A total of 1.75 lakh Indian Muslims can go for Haj this year. Wikimedia Commons
  • The government had drafted the policy after the Supreme Court asked it in 2012 to withdraw it gradually by 2022
  • The government would utilise the funds saved from withdrawing the subsidy for the education of minorities, particularly girls
  • This year, the highest number of Indian pilgrims are likely to go for the pilgrimage

The central government on Tuesday said it has decided to withdraw subsidy given to hundreds and thousands of Muslims for the annual Haj pilgrimage.

Announcing the decision, Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said it was in line with the government’s agenda to empower minorities without appeasing them.

“This is part of our policy to empower minorities with dignity and without appeasement,” Naqvi told reporters here.

He said the government would utilise the funds saved from withdrawing the subsidy for the education of minorities, particularly girls.

Also Read: Muslim women can now travel to Haj without Mahram

The government had drafted the policy to abolish the Haj subsidy in a phased manner after the Supreme Court asked it in 2012 to withdraw it gradually by 2022.

This year, the highest number of Indian pilgrims are likely to go for the pilgrimage after Saudi Arabia increased India’s quota by 5,000.

A total of 1.75 lakh Indian Muslims can go for Haj this year. IANS

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