26, March 2023: Muslims Face Restrictions on Practicing Religion During Ramadan in India
As Muslims around the world observe the holy month of Ramadan with prayers and fasting, many of their brothers in India are struggling to offer Tarawih, a special congregational prayer performed during Ramadan. The practice of Muslims practicing their religion is being restricted by the Hindutva government, which has been in power since militant monk Yogi Adityanath came to power. Many mosques and prayer places have been demolished, making it increasingly difficult for Muslims to practice their religion freely.
In response to this difficult situation, a group of Muslims held a private congregation to offer Tarawih prayers. However, members of the Hindutva organization Bajrang Dal barged into the private property of a Muslim man and stopped the peaceful prayer. The leader of the Hindutva outfit, Bajrang Dal, stated that they will not allow any new tradition to be implemented in the city. Offering group prayer in someone’s home is considered a new tradition in the dictionary of Hindutva.
The police responded quickly and maintained law-and-order situation. However, they advised Muslims not to hold group prayers in homes. Unfortunately, over the past few years, there have been a number of instances of Muslims being arrested or harassed for praying in public, with most of these incidents being reported in Bharatiya Janata Party-ruled states.
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