An Indian MP has lashed out at praying Muslim groups blocking roads and public places, saying that Muslim worshipers in India should pray in mosques and that those who block public streets, while offering Namaz should be dealt with. The Indian lawmaker has said this as the country’s minority Islamic community celebrates Eid-al-Fitr.
Some religious practices of local Muslims cause inconveniences to residents of Indian and many other cities, Bhola Singh, who was recently re-elected to the Indian parliament has said. The lawmaker from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) is urging Muslims to restrict their prayers to specialized places of worship.
“A place has been designated for expressing your devotion. Roads should not be blocked. If it happens, it is wrong. Action should be taken.”
The politician believes that Hindus celebrating their festivals are, by contrast, not disturbing anyone.
While debates on street prayer assemblies are not new, they have emerged as the Indian Islamic community is celebrating the Eid-al-Fitr festival, which marks the culmination of the holy month of Ramadan. India’s latest census in 2011 showed that the country has over 172 million Muslims, around 14% of the entire population.
Social media users in overwhelming numbers supported Bhola Singh’s views, agreeing that prayers should be kept private while no community has the right to disrupt public order.
BC if prayers are offered on roads, will vehicles drive in masjids?What nonsense. I fully agree with MP Bhola Singh. This is India not Pakistan.
— wearp (@wearp76016972) June 5, 2019
What is wrong in that. Why should they Block roads every friday and cause inconvenience to others. Have you seen the violence in Delhi after Namaz. Stone pelting and some buses vandalized and this is in Delhi.
— maninder (@rippysethi) June 5, 2019
What’s the controversy in this…??!! Absolutely agree & support… Do you subscribe to blocking & encroaching roads in the pretext of offering Namaz…???!! So many people are inconvenienced… Faith is private matter & shld not be allowed to become nuisance for others…
— Rajeev Venkat (@RVenkat_India) June 5, 2019