New Delhi: A day after demands were made, certain members of the Muslim community criticised the demand of imposing a ban on alcohol based on their religious feelings. Elected Muslim representatives from Congress and AIMIM have approached the government to declare Prophet Mohammed’s birthday as a dry day. This year his birthday will be celebrated on December 24.
[ Muslims observe the Prophet Muhammed’s (also known as Mohammed or Muhammad) birthday on the 12th day of the Islamic month of Rabi’ al-awwal, while Shi’a Muslims mark it on the 24th of this month. Muhammed is believed to be the last prophet.]
“What is the difference between us and those banning beef? I do not drink alcohol, but I do not want to impose our religious feelings on anyone. It is said that a lot of Christians use alcohol in making of food items,” said Asim Khan, a Muslim.
“We do not understand policies of the government. Are they to make lives of common people easy or harass them? Why should our religious feelings be slapped on anyone,” said Maulana Mustaqeem Azmi, president, Jamiat Ulama-I-Hind (Maharashtra). Azmi was one of the people who condemned the ‘Good Governance Day’ when Archbishop called for an inter-faith meet to condemn Donald Trump’s statements.
Politicians, however, stood their ground. Arif Naseem Khan of the Congress said, “Gandhi Jayanti and Mahavir Jayanti are dry days. Prophet had declared alcohol as Haraam. We put this demand after people approached us. Also, only this year it is on December 24. We are not for hurting anyone’s sentiments and people can buy it a day before.”
Imtiaz Jaleel of AIMIM said, “It was our demand and after getting to know of it, Congress shamelessly put it forward. We want to see if the government wants to do anything for Muslims or not. They talk of respecting sentiments of all religions, let us see if they are respect ours.”