Ulemas welcome U'khand govt's 90-minute Friday namaz break
Saharanpur: The Ulemas of Deoband, the seat of Islamic studies, have profusely thanked Uttarakhand government for allowing one and a half hour leave to Muslim employees for Friday 'namaz' and appealed UP government to emulate it.
Darul Uloom Mohtmim Mufti Arif Kasmi welcomed Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat's initiative saying, "The way CM Rawat has took care of the interests of Muslim community is commendable. It is Muslims' duty to pay every namaz daily but the Friday namaz holds its own religious significance."
"The Uttar Pradesh's ruling Samajwadi Party, which claims to be the well wisher of the Muslim community, should also allow some extra hours to Muslims for Friday namaz," he added.
Jamia Hakeem-ul-Islam superintendent Kari Rahimuddin Qasmi and Jamia Qasmia Darululoom and Sana superintendent Maulana Ebrahim Qasmi also lauded the Uttarakhand government's decision saying, "The Akhilesh Yadav-led Uttar Pradesh government should also emulate the Harish Rawat's decision by providing some extra time to Muslim workers in the state to pay Friday namaz."
Al-Quran Foundation chief and famous Islamic scholar Maulana Nadimul Wazdi also backed the Uttarakhand government's decision tagging it as the center of the religious feelings.
Earlier in the day on Monday, the Uttarakhand's Congress government, just ahead of the Assembly polls in the state, announced to provide 90-minute (from 12.30pm to 2pm) additional break to the Muslim employees of the state government to pay Friday namaz.
The decision was taken in a state cabinet meeting headed by CM Harish Rawat. The order, however, does not provide any relief to the Muslims working in private organisations.
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Nalin Kohli, attacking the government over the decision, said that this is a cheap poll gimmick by Congress to attract votes in the assembly polls. He also questioned if the Harish Rawat government has any plans of providing extra time to Hindu employees for Monday's Shiv puja or Tuesday's Hanuman worship.
Another senior BJP leader Ramesh Pokhriyal also alleged that Congress is misleading people with this order and Muslim community is well aware of this. He claimed that still the condition of Muslims is very poor in the state.