Uttar Pradesh minister Mohsin Raza, in an unsolicited advice to the students of madarsas, has advised them to start wearing saffron clothes as it will spiritually enlighten them and illuminate their lives.
“Saffron is not a gift of (Chief Minister) Yogi Adityanath; it is a blessing of Allah. If the maulanas and students of madarsas start wearing saffron clothes, it will illuminate their lives,” the Minister of State for Minority Affairs said here on Friday.
“Yogiji has adorned saffron and that is why he is the shining light of Uttar Pradesh. Madarsas should hoist tricolour on Independence Day and sing the national anthem.,” he added.
“I urge maulanas and clerics to consult Islamic scholars and ask them about the saffron colour. Saffron represents enlightenment and if they start using saffron clothes their lives will enlighten,” Mohsin Raza said.
Asked whether the state government was contemplating saffron dress code for madarsa students, Raza said, “Muslims have been using saffron for ages... the sufis wear saffron clothes, particularly the followers of Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti of Ajmer.”
Mohsin Raza is not only a strong supporter of saffron, he is also a diehard supporter of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.
“Only those doing self-less service for the society and the nation are volunteers of the RSS. If they are doing good work then where is the scope for any objection?” Mohsin Raza said and added, “I am not running a personal law board. I am a servant of the people and the nation.”
He said that forces inimical to communal harmony had even divided colours on the lines of religion.
Earlier, Raza, who represented Uttar Pradesh in the Ranji Trophy, had supported the triple talak bill and expressed gratitude to the Narendra Modi government at the Centre for bringing in the landmark legislation criminalising instant triple talaq.
The UP government has issued an advisory to madarsas across the state to celebrate Independence Day with traditional fervour by hoisting the national flag and singing national anthem, and telling inspiring stories about freedom fighters and freedom struggle to the students on August 15.