RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat been meeting Muslim leaders in an unprecedented outreach. Hw visited a mosque in Delhi and held a meeting with its chief cleric. Mohan Bhagwat met with Umer Ahmed Ilyasi, the chief cleric of the All India Imam Organization, at a mosque in the heart of Delhi. It was described as a “closed door meeting” that lasted more than an hour. “It sends out a very good message to the country. We had discussions like a family. It was wonderful that they came on our invitation,” said Suhaib Ilyasi, the cleric’s son.
The RSS chief met with Muslim intellectuals recently to try and “strengthen communal harmony”, according to the organisation
The RSS chief met with Muslim intellectuals recently to try and “strengthen communal harmony”, according to the organisation. The gesture is significant in the aftermath of the Hijab row in Karnataka and suspended BJP leader Nupur Sharma’s comments on the Prophet; which triggered violence and protests. The group sought a meeting weeks after Mr Bhagwat’s statement questioning the need to look for a Shivling under every mosque; against the backdrop of a petition requesting Hindu prayers at a shrine within Varanasi’s Gyanvapi mosque complex. The RSS or Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh is the ideological mentor of the BJP. RSS Sarsanghachalak meets people from all walks of life. It is part of the continuous general ‘Samvad’ (discussion) process,” RSS spokesperson Sunil Ambekar said.