Mangaluru: A talk on “Ambeya Koogu” (Cry of the cow), was held at Sanghaniketana, Mannagudda here on November 28.
The programme began with a prayer song. Anti-cow-slaughter activist Mohammed Faiz Khan inaugurated the event by lighting the traditional lamp. Co-convener of Yuva Brigade’s Dakshina Kannada unit, Girish Holla welcomed the gathering.
Addressing the gathering, Faiz Khan said that Vivekananda had a vision according to which the development of India is possible when we have an Islamic body and vendantic sense. “I was born in a Muslim family but my sense is vedantic,” said Faiz.
Speaking on intolerance, he said, “Mangaluru has welcomed everyone to this land. It never denied anybody stay here. So how can it be intolerant? The Yuva Brigade called me, a Muslim, as the chief guest to its programme. How can they be intolerant?”
Commenting on the depiction of Indian traditions in the film PK, he said, “Don’t be a football of others’ opinions. In a film, they showed people pouring litres of milk on God, instead of giving that same food to millions of starving children across the country. And after watching that, people began thinking that what is shown in the film is true. But the film questioned the act because they have not done their homework on Indian culture. The milk is sacrificed because during that month it is harmful for consumption and could cause diseases. If it is given to that child, instead of dying tomorrow, it will die on that day itself.”
Speaking on the Parliament of the World’s Religions Conference held in USA that was attended by Swami Vivekananda as the delegate from India, Faiz said that people of all religions took part in the conference. “It was not organised to promote unity among the various religions. Instead, the organisers wanted to assert to the world that the religion followed by them and countries in Europe was superior. But when Vivekananda spoke and addressed everyone as sisters and brothers, he received a huge applause from the entire crowd. Even a US paper praised him. They wanted to bring him down and so they organised another event with Vivekananda as the chief guest. At the event, they had placed all holy books on a table, with one on top of another and at the bottom of the pile, they had placed the Gita. They threw jibes at Vivekananda, stating that even though he said his religion is great, it’s holy book is at the bottom. At this Vivekananda laughed, which drew confusion among the others. When they asked him how he could be happy at this, Vivekananda replied that the Bhagwad Gita is at its right place, at the bottom of all others, since this showed that it was the foundation on which all others were placed. If you remove it from the pile, all the others would fall down.”
Faiz further said, “I am proud to be a Muslim. But I am even prouder to be an Indian Muslim. There are Muslims in many countries but they all face many problems unlike us.” He also said that in the Quran, no where is it mentioned that Muslims should eat beef. “Cow’s Milk is Health, Ghee Medicine and Meat Disease,” he added.
Nationalist thinker, Leader, Strong Orator Chakravarthi Sulibele, district convener of Yuva Brigade Naresh Shenoy and others were also present.