ALIGARH : “If prohibition of cow slaughter can bring Peace and Friendship amongst Hindus and Muslims, it will be wrong on the part of the Muslims not to relinquish this right (of slaughtering cows on Eid-Al-Adha),” said Sir Syed Ahmed Khan, the founder of Aligarh Muslim University, in an effort to bring unity amongst Hindus and Muslims.
Sir Syed advocated and supported ban on cow slaughter and suggested to the Muslims in British India to voluntarily give-up the practice of sacrificing cows on the occasion of Eid Al Adha as it was a practice then.
According to Mr. Rahat Abrar, an ex-staff member of Aligarh Muslim University, there is a recorded incident which occurred during the earlier days of AMU (when it was Mohammedan Anglo Oriental College) and cow slaughter was prevalent during those times.
Sir Syed learnt that some students staying in the hostel purchased a cow for sacrifice on the occasion of Eid Al Adha. He was very upset that the cow was kept in the hostel.
Sir Syed immediately rushed to the hostel and took possession of cow and did not allow its sacrifice, revealed Abrar.
He also claimed that from the days of Sir Syed, beef has not been served in any of the hostels of AMU, and the staple diet non-vegetarian students has been buffalo – meat. It is said that Muslims of Bareilvi sects, respecting the religious sentiments of Hindu community, voluntarily decided to stop the slaughtering of cows on the occasion of Eid Al Adha.
Sir Syed Ahmed Khan, who was a Wahabi, in his article published in Aligarh Institute Gazette on June 12th 1897, lauded the decision of Clerics and Ulemas of Bareili in their efforts to bring Hindus and Muslims together.
Indian Muslims, from the time of British India till date have refrained from slaughtering of cows either for food or for religious purposes, heeding to the advises of learned leaders and Ulemas like Sir Syed Ahmed Khan, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, Maulana Mohammed Ali Johar, Maulana Shaukat Ali and others.
But the so called Gaw Rakshaks are misleading common Hindus with false allegations of cow slaughter. Thus they vitiate the communal peace & harmony in the country. It has been proved that such false propaganda of ‘Cow Killing’ has been purposely spread by right wing fanatic Hindus just to unite and polarize Hindu votes.
Although stalwart Muslim leaders during the past, co-operated with their Hindu brothers, in their efforts to protect Cows, opposed cow slaughter and supported Cow Slaughter ban. However such gestures of communal amity and brotherhood have not gone well with Hindutva brigade, which, in its pursuit of vote bank politics, is raking up this century old problem time and again .