LUCKNOW: UP Minister of State for Minority Affairs, Mohsin Raza, on Friday asked all Muslims to wear saffron clothes, saying it is a “gift from Allah”.
Saffron– a gift from Allah
“Saffron (Bhagwa) is not a gift from Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath but a gift from Allah.“
Raza, the Muslim face of the BJP in Uttar Pradesh said that the lives of the Muslims would “enlightened” if they put on ‘bhagwa’ (saffron) clothes.
“The colour symbolizes light. If students and teachers in ‘madrasas‘ wear saffron, their lives will see a new light,” he said on Friday.
Tradition older than BJP
The minister said that the ‘chishtiya’ sect among Muslims also wear saffron and their tradition is older than the BJP.
“Muslims should not have a problem in wearing saffron because it is already an established tradition. I will be happy if the clerics discuss the issue with intellectuals because saffron is a symbol of light and energy,” he said.
Prior to this, Raza has been in the news for issuing advisory to madrasas on Independence Day, supporting the Triple Talaq Bill and even supporting Adityanath’s stand on the “Ali and Bajrangbali” controversy.
Raza, a former cricketer is often seen wearing saffron kurtas.
He is not only a strong supporter of saffron, but also a diehard supporter of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).