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Swachh Bharat, Beti Bachao — Modi implementing Prophet Muhammad’s message: BJP minority chief

BJP minority morcha chief Jamal Siddiqui | Twitter/@JamalSiddiqui_
BJP minority morcha chief Jamal Siddiqui | Twitter/@JamalSiddiqui_


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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is implementing the message of Prophet Muhammad and doing things that are endorsed by Islam, the BJP’s minority morcha chief Jamal Siddiqui has said.

Siddiqui told ThePrint that schemes like the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao‘ and Startup India are all in line with Islamic teachings.

Safai (cleanliness) is integral to Islam. In one of his sayings, the Holy Prophet has termed cleanliness, as ‘half of faith’. But for so many years there was no national campaign for cleanliness. It is PM Modi who launched it, and now, see the change it has ushered in. PM Modi is doing all those things which are endorsed by Islam,” he said of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. 

He further said that during the Prophet’s time, daughters were buried alive in the ground. 

“People used to kill daughters in the womb. At that time, the Prophet had given a message to educate girls in this world. The Quran speaks against female infanticide,” he said. “It is our Prime Minister who launched a campaign called ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’, which not only lays emphasis on saving the girl child but educating her too,” Siddique continued. 

He added the first verse in the Quran was Iqra (read). “This is the emphasis that has been laid by Islam on education. But Muslims stopped at religious education. Under PM Modi’s leadership, emphasis was laid on education and educating girls too. If you look at madrasa education, even that is being modernised,” Siddiqui said.  


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‘Congress indulged in appeasement politics’

The BJP leader said the Congress has been indulging in appeasement of Muslims, but has done nothing for the community. 

“They want our votes; they treat us as their vote bank. But when it comes to doing something for our welfare, they are nowhere to be seen,” he said. “They kept us away from education, and as a result, from panchayat to Parliament, our numbers are coming down.” 

Siddiqui added that while Congress leaders sport a ‘topi’ (euphemism for a skullcap), it is the BJP that has been coming up with schemes for the Muslim community. 

“BJP leaders don’t believe in sporting a ‘topi’ but they believe in carrying out work for the welfare of the community,” he said. “Business is given preference in Islam and PM Modi too has emphasised on becoming job creators. This is visible in the startup policy of the government too.” 

Siddiqui also said that a nationwide campaign has been launched to make the Muslim community aware of the steps taken by the Modi government for its welfare. 

“Our leaders, right from the block and district level to ministers, will initiate informal discussions with the Muslim population and make them aware of the schemes and projects that have been launched for the community,” Siddiqui said.

(Edited by Arun Prashanth)


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