Few days back several group in Gurugram disrupted Friday prayers shouting slogans like ‘Bangladeshi wapas jao’ and labelled the practice of offering namaz in public spaces as ‘land jihad.’
In his response, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said that there has been an increase in cases of offering namaz in open, and it should be read only in mosques and Idgahs and not in public places, since it poses inconvenience to other people.
In retaliation to his statement, Senior Editor at The Times of India, Aarti Tikoo Singh posted a tweet on her Twitter account questioning the Haryana CM’s stand on the offering of namaz saying that if this is situation then not only namaz but all the religious events like keertans, jagratas, and langars that take place in a public should also be banned.
Why did Haryana chief minister Khattar point out only Namaz? Keertans, jagratas, langars & all other religious prayers & festivals in public places cause equal inconvenience to people. Ban ALL religious events in public places.
— Aarti Tikoo Singh (@AartiTikoo) May 7, 2018
Apparently, the tweet was not well received by the tweeple and they bashed out the journalist for dragging other religions into the matter and having lack of knowledge about the religious beliefs of various practices.
Check out some of the tweets:
That doesn’t mean you stop pointing out false equivalences. Blocking a public road in day time for namaz is not same as jagrata which takes place at night, not on public roads and with due permission.
— M (@mehul88) May 7, 2018
Listed events are temporary. Namaz is regular. All other religions conduct regular prayers inside buildings. In Islamic countries in the Middle East no one prays on roads but in private or designated spaces. All religions must avoid public spaces.
— Jaya Jaitly (@Jayajaitly) May 7, 2018
Keertans – Monthly
Jagratas – 2-3 times a year
Langars – 4-5 times a year
Namaaz – Daily to Weekly
Which activity causes inconvenience more than frequently?
So please don’t generalize the issue?
— Raman Malik (@rami_malik) May 7, 2018
There is certainly a big difference, The Namaz often blocks whole roads in the middle of Friday. The same is not true for other examples. Public administration should be religion agnostic.
— Vitthal Patil (@ChessyVith) May 7, 2018
Keertans, Jagratas, Langars are not done in the middle of the road like this… 👇👇 pic.twitter.com/WdCUd6R0ZD
— Asʜɪʀʙᴀᴅ Tʜᴀᴘᴀ 🇮🇳 (@athappa) May 7, 2018
When did keertan or jagraatas happen on the middle of a road? If dat happened then its wrong. Langars feed the masses. Do namaaz prayers feed anyone? Jagratas if using a loudspeaker then they need to be told so to stop noise pollution. What about azaan nuisance from masjids??
— rajiv sharma (@jollywell) May 7, 2018
u r a fool totally disconnected with reality.. do kirtans, prayers, festivals in public happen daily or weekly? they happen with due permissions.. what permissions do muslims take? khattar has just initiaited the discussion.. this must be taken up by every CM of the states..
— SCM Consultant (@oarhtanirs) May 7, 2018
Nagar Keertan, Jagrata, Langars are not five times a day on daily basis… Hope you know the difference between Festivals and Daily Prayers…
— Tuhaar Papa… (@tuhaarpapa) May 7, 2018
What do you expect from a @TOIIndiaNews Journalist! 😂
— Wandering Monk (@kaarmic1981) May 7, 2018
Hindu never occupy that place after prayer like them …after some time they start saying that this is now allah’s place like babrihttps://t.co/bcaatzHIq4
— Aditi Sharma 🇮🇳 (@Hare_Krishna__) May 7, 2018
Public spaces are used for festivals, Muharram processions, Nagar Kirtans during Gurupurabs, after due permissions (I hope permissions are taken), are permissions taken before occupying it for prayers?
P.S- 500 Dirhams fine in Dubai if you stop for Namaz on roadside 🤷♂️ https://t.co/DsqaFOTzql
— गप्पिस्तान रेडियो (@GappistanRadio) May 7, 2018