Salute to patriotism. In Bhilwara, Rajasthan, the mosque near the railway station has been decorated with tricolor lights ahead of Eid, which will be celebrated on June 25.
According to Indiatimes, Imam Mohammad Zafar Mukhtar Asami of Station Mosque said that the tricolor is the pride of our country and our nation is a flag.
“Today, the question of the patriotism of Muslims arises, so this time we have decorated the mosque with lights like Tricolor colors [sic.],” he said.
But there are some elements who try to exploit even these beautiful gestures to drive their own political agenda. Sample this man:
राजस्थान के भीलवाड़ा में ‘देशद्रोही’ मुसलमानो ने मस्जिद को तिरंगा लाईट से पौत दिया, अब ‘देशभक्त’ हिन्दू ऐसा एक सिर्फ एक मंदिर दिखायें ? pic.twitter.com/NXE5dGfud8
— Wasim Akram Tyagi (@akramtyagi) June 23, 2017
The man is basically implying that Hindus aren’t patriotic enough.
But Twitterati gave him the right answer:
Lots of temple having idol of bharat mata , just don’t compare.Its not matter of competition it just respect .If muslims showed what’s wrong
— Vikas Dwivedi (@thevikas1585) June 24, 2017
Rightly said this one:
Putting a board does not make a difference, but change of mindset makes difference
— Patriot (@1947Patriot) June 24, 2017
Here lies the big question:
क्या मस्जिद पे तिरंगा फहराना ही देशभक्त होने की पहचान है?इत्ता सा बता दो।
— Piyush Sharma (@piyushbaagra) June 24, 2017
And this guy was quick to share this and raise the most important question:
लीजिये भाईसाहब- सोमनाथ महादेव तिरंगे मेंI
बात ये नहीं कि हिन्दू देशभक्त या मुसलमानI बात है कि क्या हम अपने देश के लिए मर मिटने को तैयार हैं? pic.twitter.com/65EuK0PWHl
— Saurabh Shukla (@Saurabh_rms) June 24, 2017
While it was indeed a brilliant gesture by the mosque administration, the hate on Twitter was disappointing. At the same time, any overt or covert insistence on the display of patriotism by any particular community is also against the interests of the nation.