A section of Muslims has been accused of introducing a ‘New Custom’ while offering Namaz. As a result of the ruckus that was created, the police had to intervene to sort the matter, but the decision of the police authorities has not gone well with people online.
Namaz-e-Taraweeh was being held in Zakir Hussain's godown in Lajpat Nagar, Moradabad. Bajrang Dal protested against this, police stopped Taraweeh, and now five lakh notices have been issued to ten persons. Shame on you @moradabadpolice #Islamophobia pic.twitter.com/PJqrgvkHsH
— Meer Faisal (@meerfaisal01) March 27, 2023
What Is The Issue About?
In the Lajpat Nagar region of Katghar, a neighbor complained of a Muslim congregation in a godown, where they were offering namaz together. The local Bajrang Dal unit (a right-wing outfit) was contacted, which directed the police to stop the ‘nayi parampara’.
The Taraweeh prayer was held in Zakir Hussain’s godown for three days. During the prayer, his family, neighbouring Muslims, and friends also joined in to read Taraweeh.
According to reports, the godown is located right below Zakir Hussain’s personal residence. The police authorities also talked about performing the Taraweeh prayers at the pre-decided religious places with the ‘old’ customs’. Reports also stated that the present people completed their Taraweeh while the police were present.
Muslims in Moradabad, UP, India, were offering namaz inside their house and the Hindu supremacists with the police stopped the namaz. Where will Muslims pray in India if they can’t do that inside their houses? pic.twitter.com/AgxMbJcgJt
— Ashok Swain (@ashoswai) March 26, 2023
The event made it to the news when the state president of Bajrang Dal, Rohan Saxena, gathered outside the godown. The Bajrang Dal state president contacted the police authorities, who later told Zakir Hussain to not hold the Taraweeh prayers at the godown from Sunday.
Several factions of social media have criticised this event by citing the origin of the custom and the unconstitutionality of the police decision of asking the local Muslims to not perform the Taraweeh in the godown.
In Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh, members of the Bajrang Dal have stopped offering Taraweeh prayers at home and complained about it to the police. After this, SSP requested to stop offering Taraweeh namaz in his own house. #Islamophobia #Hindutva pic.twitter.com/0Cyzugfaja
— Meer Faisal (@meerfaisal01) March 26, 2023
Offering namaz has become a crime in India:
Zakir a Muslim resident from moradabad, UP made an arrangement of taraweeh prayer in the hus house. When this came to known to a member of Hindu militant organisation 'bajrang Dal', he stopped the prayer and complained to police. 1/2
— Gabbar (@Gabbar0099) March 27, 2023