Noida Namaz Row: Three Private Companies Offer Space To Muslim Employees For Friday Prayer

The Logical Indian Crew Uttar Pradesh

December 31st, 2018 / 4:55 PM

Noida Private Companies Space For Namaz

Image Credits: Hindustan Times

After the Noida police, on December 21, banned any religious activities including Muslims working in Noida sector 58 from offering Namaz at a public park, three private companies in the area opened up spaces for their employees for the Friday prayer.


“No religious activities in public spaces”

At least 12 MNCs, including HCL, received a notice from UP Police  that said, “Nobody is allowed to offer Friday prayers in the park.” Further, the notice claimed that if their employees would be seen doing the same, then the company would be held responsible. After receiving flak from the public, BN Singh, DM Gautam Budh Nagar said that companies were not supposed to be held responsible for the religious beliefs of their employees. “The district administration will talk to the companies and clear their doubts,” he added.

Soon after the Noida police’s order restricting “religious activities” at the public park, three firms in the same sector opened up their rooftops allowing Muslim employees to pray.

Following the notice, on Friday, the majority of the Muslim employees of Sector 58 went to the nearby tomb to offer their prayers. While talking to the NDTV, locals of the Sector 58 mentioned about the inconvenience caused by the change in venue. However, the locals have maintained that they will abide by the Police directives.

Firms opened up the rooftop for their employees

Meanwhile, a few firms have now allowed their employees to read the prayers at their offices. While talking to the Hindustan Times, the owner of a hosiery company located in Sector 58, said that his company has an arrangement for his Muslim employees to offer Namaz at the office for the last 12 years. He added that an Imam who recites the Quran has also been arranged for the employees working in his company.

On Friday, at least 70 people read their afternoon Namaz at the office rooftop, with Imam Mohammad Abbas reciting verses from the Quran. The Imam said that the owner of the company has also arranged for a priest for the Hindu employees of the company, reports Hindustan Times.

The notice that came last week has received a lot of criticism from the opposition and others. AIMIM (All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen) chief Asaduddin Owaisi, questioned the UP police move saying how can an MNC be held liable for what their employees do in an individual capacity.

According to NDTV sources, the notice was issued to the companies after some Hindu groups had complained to the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Noida. Reportedly, the group had claimed that offering Namaz in the open “disrupts harmony”.

Also Read: No Namaz Or Religious Activities In Noida Park, Says UP Police, Issues Notice To MNC Companies


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