Ahmedabad: Is beef bad for health? Does Quran mention this? If billboards that have come up in Ahmedabad are to go by, then yes.
As per media reports, billboards have come up in a locality in Ahmedabad that seek protection of cows and use a verse, claimed to be from Quran, to justify it.
The billboards carry the picture of state Chief Minister Anandiben Patel and the Islamic symbol of the crescent moon and star.
The billboards, that have been erected by the Gauseva and Gauchar Vikas Board of the Gujarat government, came up in Bapunagar to greet Muslims on the occasion of Janmashtami, reports The Indian Express.
The verse on the billboard reads “Akramul Bakra Fainaha Saiyedul Bahaima”. It has been translated as: “Show respect to cows as it is the leader of all bovines. Its milk, ghee and butter have therapeutic properties and its meat is the cause of several diseases’’, reports the daily.
However, Muslim leaders have denied the verse is from Quran.
The daily quoted All India Muslim Personal Law Board member Mufti Ahmed Devlavi as saying: “I have never come across such a verse in the Holy Quran. It is possible that it may be an Arabic statement, wrongly attributed to the Holy Quran. It appears to have been used to mislead Muslims.’’
Gauseva and Gauchar Vikas Board chairman Dr Vallabhbhai Kathiria, however, claimed that he sourced the verse and its translation from a 20-page booklet in Hindi and Gujarati.
Kathiria, an ex-Union Minister, however could not recall the author and publisher of the book which he said was at his home in Rajkot.
The Gauseva and Gauchar Vikas Board website says the Gauseva Ayog, created in 1999 and expanded to Gauseva and Gauchar Vikas Board in 2012, was "established for preservation, development and welfare of the cow and its progeny", reports ANI. It is under the aegis of the Agriculture and Cooperation Department, Gujarat government.