By Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi
Ever since the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath sought to ban the illegal sale and consumption of beef in the state, a chorus of disapproval from the Muslim clergymen has emerged in various parts of the country. But for many, it would be hard to believe that heads of the prime Sufi shrines in India have urged Muslims to give up beef to
“honour the religious sentiments of Hindu brethren”.
Recently, on the conclusion of the annual Urs (death anniversary) of Khwaja Moinuddin Hasan Chisty in Ajmer Sharif, the spiritual head and the diwan of the shrine, Syed Zainul Abedin has stated: “On the occasion of the 805th Urs of Khwaja Moinuddin Hasan Chisty, who all through his life strived for peaceful coexistence of Hindus and Muslims, we (Muslims) should give up eating beef to honour the religious sentiments of our Hindu brethren,” as reported in Hindustan Times.
The diwan of Ajmer shrine is also reported to have taken a pledge that he and his family ‘would never have beef for the rest of their lives’. This pledge is avowedly aimed at an ‘effort to stop communal disharmony’ in the country.