Shahi Imam of Tipu Sultan Mosque, Syed Mohammed Nurur Rahman Barkati, has declared that Muslims who support the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) or the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) will be beaten up and thrown out of the Muslim community. He also said that Muslims who chant “Jai Shree Ram” outside mosques are eunuchs.
At a press conference on Tuesday, Barkati said,
As the Shahi Imam I declare that those Muslims who support RSS or BJP would be outcasted and if they try to put up a meeting or rally around this place I will beat them up myself. The Sangh Parivar is spreading its agenda of Hindutva across the country and just like there was jihad against the British tyranny, in India too there will be jihad against the RSS if they try to make India into a Hindu nation.
According to Barkati, the RSS and BJP are bribing Muslims to spark riots in Bengal. Therefore, Muslims can be a part of any political party but RSS and BJP. He also added that if BJP people distance themselves from RSS, he does not have any problems with Narendra Modi being the Prime Minister of the country.
The Shahi Imam said that Modi should remember that he is not just a worker of RSS but the protector of the entire country; hence, he should not speak against Islam.
In another statement, Barkati has said that no law can stop him from using the red beacon and he will remove it only once everyone does that. Reportedly, he was seen using the red beacon on his car on May 9, however, its ban by the government is effective from May,1.
Rahman Barkati also supports triple talaaq advocating that it has been in practice for the last 1500 years through Shariyat. A few months ago, he had hit the headlines for issuing a Fatwa against Narendra Modi when the notes of 500 and 1000 rupees were demonetized.