Lucknow: Muslim religious leaders have now come forward to extend a helping hand to sadhus and seers who are campaigning for conservation of River Ganga.
Maulana Saeedur Rehman, principal of Centre of Islamic studies, said that it is well known that Ganga is associated with the faith of Hindus but it is not any less important for Muslims.
Terming the drive to clean the river as a "holy campaign", Rehman said that he would not only extend support to it but would do whatever was required in achieving it.
Member of All India Muslim Personal Law Board Maulana Khalid Rashid Firangimahli said that Ganga is a national river and it is not just the Hindus but also the Muslims who live on its banks and earn livelihood through it so it is the duty of all to protect and save it.
Pledging support in this campaign, Firangimahli also appealed to all Muslims to contribute to achieve this goal and asked the central government to create a new ministry for conservation of rivers and look for alternatives of bridges on the Ganga.
Convenor of Ganga Mukti Sangram Acharya Pramod Krishnan said that he has got assurance from various Muslim leaders during his meetings with them here earlier this week on joining hands in the conservation work to involve the common man.
"The failure of various projects to make Ganga pollution-free following rampant corruption proves that only the involvement of common people of the country can save the river and the support of Muslims in this task is equally important," Krishnan told PTI.
Krishnan, who met and sought the help Rehman, leading Shia scholar Maulana Kalbe Jawwad and Firangimahli, said they readily extended support for the cause.
"Soon we will sit together and formulate a joint work plan and also visit the areas on the banks of the river to create public awareness," Krishnan said.