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Mumbai city Muslims divided over cow as national animal

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Mumbai: The clamour to declare cow as the national animal of India is growing louder. Muslim organisations in Mumbai are divided over naming cow as country’s national animal. While some feel it would put an end to the growing unrest among communities, some allege it as a gimmick to suppress their choices.

“If one has to live in harmony, everyone has to sound out similar voices. It will not be done by just one community accepting the animal. But we want everyone to remain in peace. If it means us initiating the brigade, we will set examples for other communities,” said Mehmood Dariyabadi, General Secretary, All India Ulema, a body of Muslim scholars.

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Maulana Syed Moinuddin Ashraf, also known as Moin Miya, from Sunni Jama Masjid and founder of the Maharashtra Muslim Front, said, “What is the use if we name cow as the national animal? Even we don’t believe in violence and unrest, and we would not mind if any such move is taken, but if Hindus loved it, they would term it as national animal since India’s inception.” The reactions come after Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind President Maulana Arshad Madni had on Tuesday said in Delhi that declaring cow as the national animal would ensure both cows and humans are safe.