The Jamiat chief says he didn’t know the true face of the anchor, else he wouldn’t have spoken to him
NEW DELHI – Maulana Arshad Madani, chief of his own faction of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind, is facing flak for his interview to Sudarshan News’s Suresh Chavhanke, a known Islamophobic anchor in India.
Chavhanke posted a short video clip of the interview on Monday which is scheduled to be aired on coming Wednesday and Monday (October 20 and 25) from 8 PM to 11 PM. In the video clip, Chavhanke, who has aired several anti-Muslim programmes through his channels, can be seen arguing with the Maulana over the creation of a Hindu deity Mahadev.
Chavanke asks Madani a loaded question: “How can Allah be bigger than Mahadev? …We should say Mahadev gave birth to Allah as a believer of Allah came in the world 1,400 years ago while the believer of Mahadev has come before that.”
The content of the interview aside, many people have expressed their anger at Madani questioning as to why he gave the interview to an anchor who always spreads hatred against minorities.
Lawyer Aman Wadud questioned Madani’s wisdom. “Why should Arshad Madani even talk to this chap?” he asks.
Why should Arshad Madani even talk to this chap?
These are the people who were regarded as "Messiah" of Muslims for decades. Glad their clout faded with time. https://t.co/TmjSpUltgu
— Aman Wadud (@AmanWadud) October 19, 2021
Shams Tabrez Qasmi, editor of Millat Times news portal, alleged that these days, Madani is giving interviews to Sangh-affiliated channels and newspapers. But he refused to oblige Millat Times. “Maulana Arshad Madani gave the interview to those channels against whom he goes to court,” he said.
जिस चैनल के ख़िलाफ़ मौलाना अरशद मदनी कोर्ट जाते हैं उसी को इंटरव्यू दे रहे हैं और उसके के जाल में फंस रहे हैं। हम लोग इंटरव्यू के लिए कहते हैं तो मना कर देते हैं। आजकल लगातार मौलाना संधि चैनलों और अख़बारात को इंटरव्यू दे रहे हैं https://t.co/J8ImHwOkQ5
— Shams Tabrez Qasmi (@ShamsTabrezQ) October 19, 2021
Another journalist Alim Jafri said Madani fell into the trap of Sudarshan channel.
Never expect Arshad Madani to fall into the trap of Sudarshan channel. Who suggested him to go there in the first place? Phir kahenge apne hi log ‘tanqeed’ karte hain! https://t.co/Es62qrJT5Z
— Alim Jafri (@alim_jafri) October 19, 2021
Meanwhile, an audio message has surfaced on Twitter in which a journalist Abrar Rahmani is heard requesting Madani for an interview. Madani refuses to give the interview. When he reminds the Maulana of his interview to Chavanke, he said he was “cheated” by someone.
“A Muslim took this hatemonger to his (Madani’s) residence. Also, he didn’t know the true face of Suresh Chavhanke, else he wouldn’t have spoken to him. He was cheated by that person who brought Suresh,” a tweet by one Shaikh Mohd Asad reads.
Maulana @ArshadMadani007 clarifies that he wasn't invited by bigot @SureshChavhanke , but a Muslim took this hatemonger to his residence, also, he didn't know the true face of Suresh Chavhanke, else he wouldn't have spoke to him.
He was cheated by that person who brought Suresh. pic.twitter.com/0yK6bax8DE
— Shaikh Mohd Asad اسعد (@imAsadShaikh) October 19, 2021