After gaining praise for organising an Iftar party in New Delhi recently, the RSS is now focussing on communally sensitive Uttar Pradesh where it has planned a series of such Iftar and Eid Milan functions this month — the first being held in Moradabad district on Tuesday.
Muslim Rashtriya Manch (MRM), a wing of the pro-Hindutva organisation, has also planned to organise an all India meet of Ulemas (Muslim scholars trained in Islamic laws) in Lucknow in August.
RSS leader and patron of Muslim Rashtriya Manch Indresh kumar said “Those who will come, will know the reality of RSS. The function is being organized to clear the misconceptions in the minds of our Muslim brothers. We want to spread the message of global brotherhood”.
Maulana Suhaib Qasmi, a member of MRM said,” We want to spread the message and clear doubts about the wrong messages that are being spread against RSS”.
The MRM has established a trust to provide free education to meritorious students. It has been named after freedom fighter Ashfaqullah Khan, he said.
The RSS’s Muslim wing had last year organised Iftar parties and served cow milk and its products to drive home the message of ‘save the cow’ and that consumption of its meat invites diseases.
Special prayers were offered in which appeals were made to protect the cow. The MRM was formed in 2002 by then RSS chief KS Sudarshan to allow the Sangh to reach out to Muslims.