Don't care about fatwa, will continue to visit temples, says BJP legislator Buqqal Nawab
The Bharatiya Janta Party MLC Buqqal Nawab has said that he is not bothered about fatwa issued against him by Darul Uloom Asharfia and will continue to visit temples.
Buqqal Nawab earlier openly backed construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya and further added that the land should be gifted to the Hindu community if the verdict comes in favour of Muslims.
Maulana Saalim Ashraf Qasmi, the head of the madrassa Darul Uloom Asharfia had expelled BJP leader Buqqal Nawab for offering prayer at the Hanuman Temple in Lucknow after becoming the member of legislative council.
Qasmi while speaking to the media said, "Buqqal will only be welcomed back if he purifies himself by offering an apology to Allah and reading the Kalma thrice".
However, Buqqal in an interview to India Today said, "I have been visiting temples since many years and will continue to do so".
Buqqal also claimed to have genes of a brahmin and getting many temples built in Lucknow by his family. He also refuted allegations of the Opposition parties and various Muslim organisations calling his temple visit an attempt to please the BJP.
Taking a dig at those opposing his temple visit, Buqqal recited poetic verses and said, "People can cage me and chop my tongue but still no one can stop me from expressing my thoughts."
Earlier, a similar fatwa was issued from Darul Uloom Deoband against BJP Minister Mohsin Raza when he had recently offered prayers at a Hanuman temple along with his family members.
Former Union Minister Salman Khurshid was also ostracized from Islam after he was caught offering prayers to a Hindu God.