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RSS` take on Cow and Islam: `Muslims did shun beef in the past`

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New Delhi: In a bid to persuade Indian Muslims to give up beef, an offshoot of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has come up with proof from the past to deduce that Muslims have shunned beef.

The Muslim Rashtriya Manch, in a booklet, compiled articles which say that barring a few, most Muslim kings had willingly banned cow slaughter and punished violations.

A daily reported that the booklet ‘Cow and Islam’ talks about an accommodative “Muslim rule” in medieval India.

Senior RSS functionary Indresh Kumar in the book said that even the Prophet said that Muslims should avoid consuming diseases in the form of beef.

“Common Muslims will enjoy good health. Children and the aged will be saved from diseases. Strength of mind, intellect and character will increase,” The Hindu quoted Kumar as saying.

Babur asked his son Humayun not to allow cow slaughter in deference to Hindus’ feelings, said the booklet.

It added that Babur is said to have “taken over” his son’s disease before his death, and claims that some Gau Mahima (cow glory) behind this incident may have impelled him to instruct Humayun to act against cow slaughter.

It added that Akbar followed the good practice and “enjoyed ghee and curd”. In fact, even Bahadur Shah Zafar, the last Mughal emperor, banned cow slaughter, it added.

Another article says Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti of Ajmer brought back to life a poor woman’s dead cow.

However, the writers mention in the book that the British conducted cow slaughter with impunity and multinational companies are doing the same now.

The book disagrees with arguments that cattle were slaughtered in ancient India.

It also claims that cow dung can render atom and hydrogen bombs “ineffective”.

The booklet ‘Cow and Islam’ claims that radioactivity either does not affect or affects marginally a place that is painted with cow dung.

The booklet calls it a “scientific” claim.

—PTI