Indian leader warns of unrest over Modi govt's 'Quran discourages eating beef' claim

By AFP
Published: September 9, 2015
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AHMEDABAD: A Muslim leader in India warned on Wednesday of communal unrest after a state government claimed the Holy Quran discourages eating beef, the latest contentious effort to protect cows in the Hindu-majority country.

The government of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state of Gujarat has erected billboards with an alleged Quranic verse saying eating beef causes disease, together with an Islamic symbol of a crescent moon and star.

Hardline Hindu groups have long pushed for a national ban on the slaughter of cows which they consider sacred.

But moves to protect cows have intensified since Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) came to power after general elections last May.

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Several states have introduced a ban on slaughtering the animals and selling their flesh, a move that critics say discriminates against Muslims and other religious minorities who rely on the cheap meat for protein.

Shabbir Alam from the main mosque in Gujarat’s Ahmedabad city said the billboards were an insult to Islam because no such verse existed.

“Such hoardings can spark violence and disturb the peace between the two communities,” the mufti told AFP.

“Anything which is not from the Quran and publicised as part of the holy book is an insult to Islam. I strongly condemn this act of the Gujarat government.”

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Gujarat has a history of communal violence, with riots leaving at least 1,000 people, mainly Muslims, dead in 2002 when Modi was then the state’s chief minister.

Vallabh Kathiria, chairman of the Gujarat government’s cow protection board, defended the posters put up around the state’s main city of Ahmedabad, saying he was quoting Islamic and other religious leaders.

India’s western Maharashtra state this year toughened a beef ban which criminalises even possession of the meat.

Its state capital Mumbai this week banned the slaughter and sale of meat for four days, following demands from the strictly vegetarian Jain community, sparking anger among meat eaters.

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Reader Comments (17)

  • Sep 9, 2015 - 5:39PM

    Thank you Quaide Azam for giving us Pakistan!Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Sep 9, 2015 - 6:38PM

    Thank you Jinnah, indeed! We may have a large number of problems in our country but at least we don’t have to put up with this bull** (pun intended).Recommend

  • Truth Detector
    Sep 9, 2015 - 7:14PM

    I will put it this way:

    Thank you Jinnah for taking stand on ‘Two Nation Theory’

    &

    Thank you Modi for re-enforcing it.Recommend

  • Point
    Sep 9, 2015 - 7:59PM

    Nawaz Sharif maybe corrupt but at least he is not a terrorist PM nor extremist to minorities like modi. And above all there are infinite youths in Pakistan who work hard daily to bring peace and raise voice for minorities in Pakistan on every forum. In india they are raising voice to create as much trouble as possible to minorities.Recommend

  • Khan
    Sep 9, 2015 - 8:53PM

    Pakistan arrests terrorists and their courts release them. India catches terrorists, and then makes them their PM.Recommend

  • Truth be told
    Sep 9, 2015 - 9:22PM

    @Truth Detector

    That was brilliant.:-) Recommend

  • Ck
    Sep 10, 2015 - 12:32AM

    Talkingabout Muslim rights in India
    and being slaves to China who everyone knows how they treat Muslims practicing their Faith!
    hypocrisy at it’s best Recommend

  • Babloo
    Sep 10, 2015 - 12:40AM

    As per Jinnah, two nation theory means , Hindus for India and Muslims for Pakistan.
    The question is , Pakistan got rid of its Hindus but what are 180 million Muslims doing in India ?????
    When are they going to Pakistan ?Recommend

  • T
    Sep 10, 2015 - 1:06AM

    Am I missing something here? All the comments make it sound like Pakistan is a great country for minorities. Where in Pakistan can the christian minorities buy and eat pork? Hindus doing the same with muslims in India is following in Pakistan’s footsteps. If India is regressing in their treatment of minorities, Pakistan never saw any progress too. Recommend

  • Sep 10, 2015 - 1:34AM

    To win elections in India, party has to play anti-Muslim card and BJP/RSS did that. During Vajpai’s time, they demolished Babri masjid, During Gujrat elections they killed 2000 Muslim children and ladies. Now the economy is not moving despite so many foreign trips by Modi, they have found this reason to stay in power. But how long? Congress will throw BJP very soon from the power. Recommend

  • ajeet
    Sep 10, 2015 - 2:28AM

    Pakistan for Muslims and India for Hindus. The Muslims who don’t like it in India can get out.Recommend

  • Sep 10, 2015 - 2:05PM

    @ajeet
    dear friend instead of making such comments you should condemn this action of the government. Lets not blindly support whatever our respective governments do.Recommend

  • Guest
    Sep 10, 2015 - 3:19PM

    Thanks to partion it was only Muslims who were divided and now 600 million Muslims living in three countries have no or little say on world forum.Recommend

  • Fact checker
    Sep 10, 2015 - 9:24PM

    Problem in your article.
    It is not Modi’s government in Gujarat anymore. It is Anandi Patel who is the CM there now. Yes, it is the same party but it is not run by Modi. If you think this is Modi govt in Guj, then you do not understand the federal structure of the Indian government.
    States are more or less independent in most matters.Recommend

  • Shahmeer
    Sep 11, 2015 - 5:03AM

    @ajeet:
    True Face Of Indians, india is not a secular state its a hypocritical country that leaves no effort to Discriminate its Minorities.Recommend

  • Milind
    Sep 11, 2015 - 5:31PM

    @Shahid – There was no insult to Islam here, possibly misquoting of scriptures. But this pales in comparison to twisting of your texts by the Mullahs resulting in violence & mayhem.
    Why do Muslims have to get incensed at the slightest provocation? Some things are better left ignoredRecommend

  • Ajay
    Sep 12, 2015 - 6:51AM

    I don’t understand the reaction from our Pakistani friends. First they believe in religion based society where non-muslims can’t flourish. This is a proven fact that minorities have been systematically suppressed in Pakistan. There are numerous horror stories about it by Pakistani bloggers and writers about the fate of religious minorities in Pakistan so let’s not live in denial. On the other hand India is a flourishing secular Country where people of various faiths are living and progressing togethar. There is open discussion on minority rights and various political parties take care against and religion based discrimination. There is free Press, independent judiciary. But they over react on any issue in India for which even the local Muslims have no problem. Some news is even misrepresented. Like Court orders are publicised as BJP Govt. Order. It seems there is a BJP or Modi fobia. In Gujarat many Muslims are voting for BJP. India has an ancient culture and tradition which is based on nature, humanity, peace, equality and spirituality. We are a dynamic society where we are willing to change and adapt things to modern times. On the contrary Pakistan seems a confused society with no roots. They are originally Indians but want to identify their progeny as Arabs or Afghans or Turks. They like to imagine their History began with advent of Islam in India. They want to brush aside India’s ancient culture as irrelevant. But fortunately the Muslims of India understand what our true culture and roots are. Recommend

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