12 Sept 2023

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Did Not Visit Rajghat For This Reason

Many leaders who came to Delhi to attend the summit of G20 countries reached Rajghat on Sunday 10 September to pay tribute to Mahatma Gandhi.

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and many other leaders were seen at Rajghat.

US President Joe Biden, British PM Rishi Sunak as well as Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo─čan visited Rajghat.

However, Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was not among these leaders. Whereas he had reached Delhi on Saturday itself to participate in the conference.

Many people want to know whether there was any special reason for the Saudi Prince for not visiting Rajghat?

Experts say that the reason for Prince Mohammed's absence at Rajghat may not be any disrespect towards Mahatma Gandhi but his 'Salafi' ideology.

Those who follow Salafi, also called Ahl-e-Hadith, ideology do not go to any kind of mausoleum or tomb.

Islamic scholar Zafarul Islam Khan says that for them (followers of Salafi ideology), even making the grave permanent is wrong.

There are five major schools of Islamic jurisprudence: Hanafi, Shafi'i, Maliki, Hanbali and Ja'fari.

Ja'fari or Fiqh Ja'firi belongs to the Shia community. The remaining four belong to the Sunni community. Most Muslims in India follow the Hanafi doctrine.

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