RSS Manch distributes Tulsi as ‘jannati jhaad’ to Muslims

LUCKNOW: If you think Tulsi is a revered plant only for Hindus then read this. RSS-backed Muslim Rashtriya Manch has got the sapling planted at the houses of Muslims quoting Holy text in Islam about it being mentioned as “Jannati jhaad”.

According to the UP coordinator of MRM Merajidhwaj Singh, Tulsi is called ‘Rehan’ as per the Holy text in Islam and it has been mentioned in the Holy texts as “Jannati Jhaad (heavenly bush)” brought to earth for the people. Why only Tulsi, even Peepal has a mention in the Holy texts, says Dhwaj and the Muslim Rashtriya Manch (MRM) is also making efforts that the said tree’s saplings are also planted near mosques, graveyards, dargahs and at parks which have Muslim dominance.
In fact, MRM had launched a special drive during Ramzan to ensure that maximum Muslims either plant Tulsi saplings at their houses or Peepal tree at parks, graveyards or dargahs.
Leading in the drive is Rouhelkhand coordinator of MRM Maulana Mohd Islam Sultani. Talking to TOI, he said that until now, he has been able to distribute around 1500 Tulsi saplings to Muslims individuals. “I have been quoting holy texts to the brothers of the community about what has been said about the plant which otherwise also has medicinal properties as it keeps several disease away from the home where Tulsi plant has been planted,” Sultani told TOI.
He also got a peepal sapling planted during the World Environment Day at Sultan Shah’s mazaar at Bareilly, Sultani said. “The sad part of the society is that even trees and plants have been divided in the name of religion,” Sultani said and added initially he found convincing the members of the minority community a bit difficult but with times, people have understood the larger intention of nationalist approach and are thus willingly agreeing to be part of the campaign.
Similar plantation drive is on even in Moradabad division, confirmed MRM Moradabad division coordinator Majahid Khan.
Sultani has handed over around 251 Tulsi saplings to the Muslims at mosques in Aonla, Bareilly city and other places after they offer namaaz. The event was held on 27th Ramzan which fell on July 15, Sultani said.
Imam Maulana Mohd Javed of Noori Mosque at Krishna Nagar, where an stall would be set up to distribute Tulsi saplings after namaaz is offered, told TOI that mention of the plant has been made in several holy texts in Islam. It is called Rehan in the holy texts, the Imam confirmed to TOI. “I have myself convinced the people about it being mentioned in the holy texts and got the texts translated in Urdu to make them understand easily,” the Imam said and admitted that he has given the permission to MRM’s “Sultani sahab” to put a stall to distribute Tulsi.
Maulana Javed of Noori Mosque said: “Tulsi as Rehan is mentioned in the 27th chapter of Holy Quran’s Surah-ar-Rahman. Similarly, it is also mentioned in Hadith (Record of words and deeds of Prophet Mohammed) from Bukhari Sharif and Tirmidhi.”
Islam Sultani also confirmed the same.
Talking to TOI, Maulana Habeeb Haider, however, said that even though there is mention of trees in the Holy book, it is hard to reach to a conclusion that it specifically has mention of Tulsi.
Irrespective of its religious significance, Dhwaj said the fact is that planting a tree like Peepal and Tulsi actually do good to the environment cannot be denied or ignored. “Even last year we got planted around 1.35 lakh saplings of various varieties during Ramzan,” Dhwaj concludes.
Source: Times of India

Source: Islamic News Daily

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