Supporting Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s statement on Surya Namaskar being similar as Namaz, Jamaat-E-Hind president Maulana Suhaib Qasmi on Thursday said every religion guides towards preaching peace and this statement will help the nation unite. “Yogi Adityanath’s statement is appreciable which will unite the nation. Every religion guides us to follow peace and love and therefore we will embrace our country as one,” he told ANI. He added that in every religion people worship in a similar manner as God is one. “This belief followed by Yogi Adityanath and Prime Minister Narendra Modi is highly appreciated,” Qasmi said.
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Meanwhile, another Muslim cleric Maulana Kable Sadiq said that Muslims should not get afraid of Adityanth’s Government but with their own leaders. “Muslim leadership is emotional about these issues as they do not have rational thinking. They should fear Owaisi and Dr. Mohammad Ayub,” he said. Adityanath yesterday said both Surya Namaskar practised by Hindus and Namaz practised by Muslims have similarities. “All asanas (postures) in Surya Namaskar, Pranayama activities are similar with the way Namaz is done by our Muslim brothers, but nobody has ever tried to bring them together because few people are interested only in ‘bhoga’, not yoga,” claimed Adityanath.
Adityanath further said, before 2014, even talking about yoga was also considered communal. But things changed after Prime Minister Narendra took steps to make yoga popular across the world. The Chief Minister said he knew the problems of Uttar Pradesh and would solve them with time. “Since I have stayed in UP, travelled from roads to Parliament, begged as a sadhu on the streets, I know what diseases are affecting UP and also their treatment,” said Adityanath.