RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat meets Muslim thinkers in a mosque

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RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat
RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat


New Delhi

In his continuing outreach to Muslims, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Supremo Mohan Bhagwat on Thursday visited a prominent mosque in the capital and discussed the situation in the country on Hindu-Muslim relations with members of the Muslim community led by  Maulana Umer Ahmed Ilyasi of the All India Imam association.

RSS's Sunil Ambekar told media persons that it was part of a continuous dialogue between the RSS chief with the people of India. The meeting comes on the heels of Bhagwat interacting with a group of Muslims like S Y Quraishi, Lt Gen Zamirudin Shah, etc.

In August, a five-member delegation of Muslims met Bhagwat and held discussions with him for more than an hour. The meeting discussed the atmosphere in the country and the measures to strengthen communal harmony in India.

Umair Ilyasi, President of the All Indian Imamas Association said it was good to see Mohan Bhagwat visiting the mosque. He said the meeting decided to uphold the unity of India. "Our ways of worshiping may be different but all have to follow humanism."
He even called Bhagwat "the father of the nation and Rishi of the nation."
Umair Ilyasi's brother Shoaib said, their late father was close to the Sangh. "Bhagwatji come to the mosque on the occasion of my father Maulana Jameel Ilyasi's death anniversary. It was a family event. That's how it should be seen. 

Speaking to the media, Quraishi further had earlier said that both the sides (the delegation and the RSS chief) were unanimous that without strengthening the harmony between the communities, the country can neither be strong nor can it make progress.

He said that in the meeting it was also agreed that all the parties should work to convince and motivate their people to strengthen the communal harmony in the country.

Besides Quraishi, other members of the delegation included former Lt. Governor of Delhi Najeeb Jung, former Vice Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University Lt. Gen. (Retd) Zameer Uddin Shah, former MP Shahid Siddiqui, an industrialist and philanthropist Saeed Sherwani.

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