Ajmer Dargah chief gives up beef, exhorts Muslims to honour Hindu sentiments

Jaipur: Announcing that he will not eat beef from now onwards, one of the most revered Sunni Muslim leaders in India and the spiritual head of Ajmer Dargah, Zainul Abedin Khan, called upon Muslims to give up beef eating. He was addressing a congregation of other spiritual heads, Sufi saints and religious heads to mark the 805th annual Urs of Khwaja Chishti.

Khan who is the direct descendant in the 22nd generation of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti, the Sufi saint, asserted that he and his family had taken a pledge on that day that they would never have beef for the rest of their lives.

He urged other Muslims too to give up eating beef to honour the religious sentiments of Hindu brethren.

According to sources Abedin praised the recently passed animal preservation bill by Gujarat assembly which penalizes anyone who is found in possession of beef. He said governments should introduce such legislations in all the states of the country.

He exhorted Muslim leaders to support a nationwide ban on cow slaughter so as to put an end to this issue that he referred to as “root of all hatred” between Hindus and Muslims.