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Imam's instructions not binding on all Muslims: NCP

Friday, 11 April 2014 - 10:39am IST | Place: Pune | Agency: dna
  • Nawab-malik NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik on Thursday said that only those who offer Namaz at the Jama Masjid are bound by the Imam's words. File Photo dna Research & Archives

Pune: Ridiculing the instructions laid down by Syed Ahmed Bukhari, the Imam of Jama Masjid, Delhi, for Muslims all over the country, NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik on Thursday said that only those who offer Namaz at the Jama Masjid are bound by the Imam's words.
Addressing a press conference in Pune, Malik said that Syed Ahmed Bukhari is not Imam for entire Muslim community in the country, and one can not forget that same Imam had founded the Atal Himayat Committee in 2004 to support the then PM Atal Behari Vajpayee. Questioning the Imam's credibility, he said that it was the same person who was with the Samajwadi Party and Mulayam Singh just two years back, and that one can not believe whom he will support next.
Replying to a question on the UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi's meeting with the Delhi Imam, Malik said that Sonia Gandhi was a secular leader and she meets Shankaracharya as well as religious leader of the Lingayat community. Malik said that even though such religious leaders and candidates meet during elections, he was of the opinion that voters don't exercise their franchise on the directions of spiritual gurus.
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