On Thursday, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat met with Umer Ahmed Ilyasi, the chief cleric of the All India Imam Organization.
New Delhi: At a mosque in the heart of Delhi on Thursday, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat met with Umer Ahmed Ilyasi, the chief cleric of the All India Imam Organization. In fact, this is the second meeting of RSS chief with Muslim intellectuals in just over a month. Earlier, Mohan Bhagwat had a meeting with several Muslim scholars to “create communal harmony” in society.
According to RSS spokesperson, Sunil Ambekar, the meeting was part of the talks which have been progressing.
“RSS Sarsanghchalak likes to remain in contact with people from all walks of life.” It is the “continuous general Samvad process,” the RSS spokesperson said.
The meeting between Bhagwat and Ilyasi, the Imam, at Kasturba Gandhi Marg mosque lasted more than an hour. Their talk took place in the presence of several veteran Sangh functionaries Bhagwat was accompanied by senior Sangh functionaries Krishna Gopal, Ram Lal, and Indresh Kumar.
Before today’s meeting, the RSS chief had a closed-door meeting with noted Muslim scholars, such as former Delhi LG Najeeb Jung and former Chief Election Commissioner SY Quraishi.
The requirements of interactions were sought by these prominent Muslim intellectuals with Mohan Bhagwat due to Nupur Sharma’s hate speech against Prophet Mohammad.
The meeting with Quraishi was described as cordial. The RSS chief recalled his statement, “Why look for a Shivling in every mosque?” The RSS chief stressed that both communities should come closer and narrow the differences. They must work together to make an egalitarian society.