Source: News Bharati English24 Mar 2015 14:12:37

Varanasi, Mar 24: Whle the decision of Maharashtra and Haryana Governments to impose ban on cow slaughter came under sharp criticism from amongst the Bollywood stars like Rishi Kapoor who openly and brazenly admitted to consuming beef, a Muslim youth is on his mission to spread the message of banning on cow slaughter.

Mohammad Faiz Khan, a devout, young Muslim from Raipur in Chhatisgarh, has been on the mission to generate awareness amongst the Muslims in particular and masses in general about his mission of banning cow slaughter. Incidentally, he is convener of Muslim Rashtriya Manch (MRM) cow protection cell.

This time he was in Varanasi the temple city of Uttar Pradesh to speak in series of lectures titled as “Gau Katha”.

Faiz Khan is a staunch believer in Islam and contrary to the general perception about Muslims and cow slaughter, he is advocating cow rearing and protection through his lectures, and discourses at different places since last two years. He gave up his job as a lecturer and devoted him completely to this task of saving the cow. Faiz Khan has so far conducted his famous 15 “Gau Katha” discourses in Gujarat, MP, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh before entering into Uttar Pradesh.

In Varanasi, his three-day ‘Gau Katha’ was organized by former BJP leader K N Govindacharya and Rupesh Pandey, who made arrangements for this three day event at this famous temple city of Uttar Pradesh.

"Cow is not the mother Hindus only, but, as Veda says, she is the mother of all (Vishwa Mata)," said the 34-year-old preacher, who has so far delivered about 200 lectures on cow's importance in schools and other institutions and held 15 Gau Katha in various states including Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh.

For people it was really surprising to see a Muslim in saffron with an idol made of the cow dung speaking about cow's significance for mankind and appealing for the protection of cows. "It is unique and first of its kind happening in the city," said Rupesh Pandey, who was looking after the arrangements for the three-day Gau Katha that began on the bank of Ganga at Assi Ghat on Monday. Shankaracharya of Jyotish and Dwarka Shada Peeth Swami Swaroopanand Saraswati also appreciated Faiz for spreading a message of cow protection. "He is doing a good work and it should be appreciated," said the seer.

"A novel 'Ek Gai ki Atmakatha' authored by Girish Pankaj inspired me to dedicate my life for the cause of Gau mata," said Faiz, who lost his father at a tender age of 10 and mother at 13. Instead of going to madarsa he received his primary education in Saraswati Shishu Mandir in Raipur, and he did MA in Hindi and political science. After teaching at a government college for two years he left the job and set on a journey to save cows.

He offeres whatever he gets from the people in cash or kind during his discourses to the service of cows and his mission. He said that it was unfortunate and immature to link eating beef with secularism. It was not good to oppose ban on cow slaughter just to please someone.

Jagadguru Ramananadacharya Swami Ramnareshacharya also came to Assi Ghat from his math at Panchganga Ghat to attend Faiz's Gau Katha. "It is heartening to see and hear Gau Katha from Faiz," he said.