Two days after the spiritual head of the Ajmer Sharif Dargah, Dewan Syed Zainul Abedin Ali Khan, appealed to all Muslims to give up beef, his brother claimed the position of Dewan.
In a statement issued to the media, Sayed Alludin Alimi claimed that some muftis told him that the statement of his older brother was heretical and therefore he is no longer a Muslim. Thus, Alimi claimed that his brother cannot remain the dargah head.
But, according to PTI, the CEO of the government-appointed dargah committee, M.A. Khan, has said that Syed Zainul continues to remain the head of the shrine as per law. Other religious leaders of the dargah, too, supported Syed Zainul.
Syed Zainul had on Monday said that Muslims should give up eating beef to honor the sentiments of the Hindus and ensure the peaceful co-existence of the two communities.
He further said that triple talaq is against the Sharia. He also took the pledge to not eat beef for the rest of his life.
Syed Zainul called for a nationwide ban on beef sale. He made the appeal at the closing ceremony of the 805th annual Urs at shrine.
His appeal was endorsed by the heads of other Sufi shrines from across India, including that of Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia of New Delhi.
The 13th century dargah of Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti is considered to be among the holiest Sufi shrines in India. Syed Zainul is form the 22nd generation of direct descendants of the revered Sufi saint.