The Muslim shopkeepers were protesting against Shahi Imam of Tipu Sultan Mosque Maulana Nurur Rehman Barkati’s perpetual habit of making political comments and issuing fatwas.
Just to be in news, Barkati is infamous in the community for his inflammatory comments, within the mosque.
Ali said Barkati called a press conference to show his stand for a certain political party in Uttar Pradesh, but after objection his sons got violent.
Shahi Imam of Tipu Sultan Mosque Maulana Nurur Rehman Barkati along with West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee Twitter
A member of the Shopkeeper’s Welfare Association of the Tipu Sultan Mosque said, “Whatever he has to say he can say but not as the Imam of this mosque. His opinion is never ours.”
Answering why he had singled out Narendra Modi’s beard, he had said, “People who keep beard are mostly religious like maulanas, sadhus, sufis, sikh gurus.. But Modi keeping beard is bhondami (bluffing).” He had also termed Modi as “communal”, while positing West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee as the figure of “communal harmony”.