Aug 3, 2017: Recently, a fatwa was issued to Khurshid alias Firoz Ahmad, Muslim politician and Janata Dal leader in the newly formed coalition government in Bihar for chanting ‘Jai Shree Ram’.
The fatwa or decree was issued by a Muslim Cleric, Mufti Sohail Quasmi of Imarat Shariah, which describes itself as a socio-religious organisation active in Bihar, Jharkhand and Odisha.
Ahmad was given charge of minority welfare and sugarcane industries in ministry of Bihar.
“Islam teaches respect for all religions. If by saying Jai Shri Ram I can do some good for the Muslims, why is there such a hue and cry,” Ahmad told mediapersons.
“The CM told me if anybody felt hurt by my statement, I should apologise. My intention was not to hurt anyone. I have come to serve the people. My statement was distorted,” he told the channel after coming out of a review meeting of the minority welfare department with chief minister Nitish Kumar, as mentioned in HT report.
Though the minister excused himself after receiving resentments, many appear to have got seriously offended. This indeed has become a matter of mass discussion and outrage.
Recently, journalist, and liberal activist, Tarek Fateh, tweeted his take on the matter and wrote “Jai Shree Ram”, irrespective of the fact that he is a Muslim. Here is what he tweeted!
"Jai Shree Ram"
Abb jao, Jo ukharna hai, ukhar lo.
— Tarek Fatah (@TarekFatah) July 30, 2017
Not only this, Tarek also challenged others to go and try doing whatever they can. His tweet is being received wholeheartedly by people of the Muslim community and has been re-tweeted over 10,000 times till now. The tweet came as a response to Khurshid Ahmad confession and cancellation of fatwa.
Tarek’s tweet is now getting viral on social media. Not only Muslims, but Hindu Twitter users have also appreciated his viewpoint on the matter.
People are praising him for giving a befitting reply to those who are creating divides and sowing hatred in the name of religion.
– prepared by Naina Mishra of Newsgram. Twitter @Nainamishr94