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Progressive journalist embraces Islam

Mumbai: Senior journalist with progressive ideas and views, 81-year old Lajpat Rai embraced Islam on 5 April in the Jama Masjid of Mumbai’s Crawford Market at the hands of Qazi Muhammad Saleh and adopted Dabeer Lajpat Rai as his new name.

About his new name he said that this was the name of one of his journalist friends. Under this name he used to write, in earlier days, articles against Muslims with fanatic ideas whereas he used to write articles against BJP etc under the name of Lajpat Rai. Because of writing articles against fanatic Muslims, he chose his new name.

He said that there are 4 copies of English translations of the Qur’an at his residence. He said that now he wants to go to Makkah Mukarrama and Madina Taiyyaba. He further said that he also wants to go to Middle East countries to see and study the conditions there closely. He also said that Middle East and Muslim countries will play a key role in the world affairs in coming century.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 May 2013 on page no. 14

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