The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has summarily rejected news reports that the Muslim wing of the organisation, Rashtriya Muslim Manch, was organising a grand Namaz and a recitation of the Quran in Ayodhya.
The RSS, on its official Twitter handle, quoted Akhil Bharatiya Prachar Pramukh Arun Kumar, saying that the news reports were totally “baseless and untrue”.
"The media reports, that RSS is organising Samoohik Namaj at Ayodhya is totally baseless and untrue. " Sri Arun Kumar , Akhil Bharatiya Prachaar Pramukh.
— RSS (@RSSorg) July 11, 2018
Earlier, Raza Rizvi, National Media co-ordinator of Rashtriya Muslim Manch told News18, “We are organising a grand event in which more than 1500 Islamic scholars and clerics will be participating and performing wazu (ablution) with the running water of Saryu river in Ayodhya, as it is said in Islam that running water is pure, and then they will offer namaz. Post that Quran Khani (recital) will also be organised to give out a message of peace and brotherhood to the world. We believe that these prayers will contribute towards building of Ram Temple soon in Ayodhya amidst peace and brotherhood.”
He suggested that the event is being organised by the Rashtriya Muslim Manch on July 12. Around 1500 Muslim clerics are expected to take part in the event along with many Hindu devotees. The clerics will also visit around 200 mausoleums of Sufi saints.
He also said that the event is also being supported by the Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government in Uttar Pradesh. CM Yogi’s cabinet minister Laxmi Narain and RSS leader Murari Das will be the chief guests on the occasion.
He said, the event is to send out a message of peace and brotherhood and is also seen as an attempt by the Rashtriya Muslim Manch the to break its anti-Muslim image. RSS national executive member Indresh Kumar is the patron of the Rashtriya Muslim Manch.
(This story has been updated to include a clarification from RSS)