On March 2, two of the biggest mosques in UP of prominent Shia and Sunni clerics altered their ‘Namaz’ or Friday prayer timing to accommodate Holi. It was done to maintain peace and harmony after being asked by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
This saffron donned political figure is known for being a staunch believer of Hinduism. Time and again, he didn’t shy away to express his thoughts about the same. Recently, he announced that he is a ‘devout Hindu’ and that is why he won’t celebrate Eid. He announced this on March 6 in UP Assembly.
While speaking on thanksgiving motion on Governor’s address, he further took a dig at Samajwadi Party leaders and AICC President Rahul Gandhi. He said that there are political leaders who wear the sacred thread and also dons religious cap just to satisfy their political gain.
In his own words:
“I am devout Hindu and don’t celebrate Eid. Why should I celebrate Eid when I take pride in my own religion? I am not one of those who sport sacred thread (Janeu) and at the same time wear cap (Muslim topi) and kneel down to offer prayers.”
हमें हिंदू होने पर गर्व है। लेकिन हम वैसे हिंदू नहीं हैं जो घर में जनेऊ धारण करें और बाहर निकलकर टोपी पहन लें। ऐसा वो लोग करते हैं, जिनके मन में पाप होता है। pic.twitter.com/rXQBF9XySp
— Yogi Adityanath (@myogiadityanath) March 6, 2018
When asked about the Namaz time changing again, he replied:
“This year Holi coincided with Jumah Namaj and I directed my officers to appeal Imams for shifting timings of Jumah Namaj for facilitating Hindus to play colours. Holi comes once in a year but Jumah Namaj is offered 52 times. I thank Muslim religious leaders that accepted my appeal and shifted timings of the Jumah Namaj,”
He elaborated his personal view on his religious belief. Yogi said that though he is a Hindu and follow its custom but the government will fully support and protect those observing their own religion or festivals peacefully.