Say no to beef, defeat conspiracy to create communal violence, says Sunni cleric
A Suni cleric in Hyderabad has asked community members to refrain from sacrificing bulls during Eid ul Adha festival next month. Maulana Syed Hamid Hussain Shuttari has asked Muslims to 'refrain from beef to defeat the conspiracy to create communal violence.'
Muslim scholars who met in Hyderabad on Sunday claimed that despite people from various communities consuming beef in India, a ruckus was being created about it only as Eid ul Adha is nearing. "Let us avoid sacrificing bulls this festival. Let us do this to defeat the conspiracy that is being spun to create communal violence," said Maulana Syed Hamid Hussain Shuttari, the spokesman of All India Sunni Ulama Board.
His call was supported by Dr Syed Aasif Umri, the vice president of Jamiat Ahle Hadees, Hamed Mohammed Khan of Jamaat e-Islami and Hakeem Soofi Syed Shah Mohammed Khairuddin Quadri. The call, however, found no support from Muslim United Front.
"People from several communities across the country consume beef but the issue is being raked up the only during Eid ul Adha. It is clear that some want to create hatred. The Quran says that Muslims should avoid any practice if it harms the community," said Dr Syed Aasif of Jamiat Ahle Hadees.
The scholars also displayed a 'fatwa' from the Jamia Nizamia Islamic seminary that stated that if there are problems in obtaining sacrificial animals during Eid ul Adha, Muslims can go for other listed animals.