Bhopal meeting: Sri Jayendra Saraswati, Mufti Abdur Razzaq Khan & Chairman Umer Ahmed Illyasi – Mahim Pratap Singh

United effort: Sri Jayendra Saraswati, Sankaracharya of the Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham, with Jamiat-Ulama-i-Hind leader Mufti Abdur Razzaq Khan (right) and All-India Tanzeem-i-Imam Masjid chairman Umer Ahmed Illyasi (left) during a conference in Bhopal on Sunday. — Photo: A.M. Faruqui

Kanchipuram Sankaracharya, Muslim leaders emphasise communal harmony

Bhopal: “All problems faced by this country today are political and not communal,” said Sri Jayendra Saraswathi, Sankaracharya of the Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam, at a function held here on Sunday.

The function, organised by the All-India Tanzeem-i-Imam Masjid, was held to emphasise communal harmony among the Hindus and Muslims.

It was attended by prominent Muslim religious leaders like the chairman of the Masjid Umer Ahmed Illyasi and Jamiat-Ulama-i-Hind leader Mufti Abdur Razzaq Khan.

BJP against divide

Bharatiya Janata Party MP Kailash Joshi, who was also present, said that the BJP did not believe in communal divide.

Speaking at the Samanvay Bhawan here, the Acharya said: “Hindus and Muslims are not different from each other. Just like Ram and Lakshman, who were sons of different mothers and yet could never be separated, Hindus and Muslims too are like brothers and should stand united.”

The Acharya also expressed concern at honorarium for Imams not being disbursed on time and said he would take up the matter with the government.

Mr. Illyasi said, “The Sankaracharya is respected not just by the Hindus, but by Muslims too.”

Expressing apprehension at the decline in the quality of life, the Acharya said the “usefulness of our life should be established, and only then the welfare of society could be ensured.” – The Hindu, New Delhi, 22 June 2010

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