Modi BJP leaders remember Savarkar on birth anniversary

first_imgNew Delhi: Prime Minister-elect Narendra Modi was among several BJP leaders on Tuesday who remembered Hindutva philosopher Vinayak Damodar Savarkar on his 136th birth anniversary. “We bow to Veer Savarkar on his Jayanti. Veer Savarkar epitomises courage, patriotism and unflinching commitment to a strong India. He inspired many people to devote themselves towards nation building,” Modi said in a tweet. Savarkar, was an independence activist, politician, lawyer, writer, and the formulator of the Hindutva philosophy. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twist He was born on this day in 1883. Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu also tweeted saying the “nation will always remember the sacrifices made by him during the freedom struggle”. Bharatiya Janata Party leaders leader Arun Jaitley, Rajyavardhan Rathore and Rajnath Singh also remembered him. Jaitley said Savarkar’s “nationalistic ideals, patriotism and courage guided generations of Indians”. Rathore called him an “epitome of patriotism and true inspiration”, while Singh said that “Savarkar’s courage during the freedom movement and his contribution to this great nation will continue to inspire coming generations”.last_img read more

Saudi Grand Mufti Says Celebrating Prophets Birthday is Sinful

Rabat – After sparking controversy for warning against Pro-Gaza Demonstration, Saudi Arabia’s Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh has reportedly issued a new controversial fatwa suggesting that celebrating the birthday of Islam’s Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) is “sinful.”On Friday, Muslims around the world celebrated the birth of the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH). In many countries, including Morocco, Muslims honored the birth of their Prophet in a ritual called the Mawlid.These popular practices are festive occasions that are often celebrated by remembering episodes from the life of the Prophet or by reciting devotional poetry.. It is also an opportunity for parents to take their children with them to the mosque and teach them about the Prophet’s teachings, bravery, and forgiving character. Some families also make sure to donate to charity in honor of the Prophet’s birthday.However, Saudi Arabia’s Grand Mufti and the General President for Scientific Researches and Fatwa Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh objects to such celebrations, according to Arab News.In his Friday congregational sermon at the Imam Turki bin Abdullah Mosque in Riyadh, Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh reportedly said that celebrating the Prophet’s birthday is a bidaa- sinful religious innovation-that “crept into Islam after the first three centuries, when the companions and successors of the companions lived.”He also claimed  that those who urge others to celebrate the birthday of the Prophet are “evil and corrupt.”The Grand Mufti clarified that love of the prophet should be expressed by following the Prophet’s teachings detailed in the Sunnah, rather than celebrating his birthday. In an attempt to support his claims, he quoted a verse from the holy Quran, in which Allah says:  “If you do love Allah, follow me: Allah will love you and forgive your sins.”On the other hand, Omid Safi, Director of Duke University’s Islamic Studies Center, says that Muslims who honor Muhammad’s birthday do it out of a deep love for Muhammad that brings them closer to God. He explained saying:“For those who identify as Salafi, and wish to abide only by practices that they believe originate in the Qur’an and the example of Muhammad, it is a way of honoring the desire to practice Islam as Muhammad would have wanted us to do, without what is deemed to be later accretions and potentially dubious practices.”“As the Prophet himself is to have said, disagreement among the scholars is a mercy,” Omid Safi concluded.This is not the first time Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh has released a controversial fatwa.Last year, while several demonstrations were being organized in Arab and non-Arab countries in solidarity with the Gaza Strip, he said that these demonstrations “are just useless demagogic actions.” read more