Published: 20th February 2020
Plan to educate youth from all religions in the mutt: What the first Muslim pontiff of a Lingayat Mutt in Karnataka has in mind
Diwan Sharief Rahimansab Mulla says that the doors of his mutt are open to Hindus and Muslims and have plans to continue teaching vachanas there
After news emerged that a Lingayat Mutt in Gadag is all set to appoint a Muslim man as their pontiff, we were curious about what the future held for him. What he told us was refreshingly different. Sharief Rahimansab Mulla believes that mutts should not merely be meant to teach religion to people. He says, "I call this place as a Shanti Dhama rather than a mutt. Because the moment we call it a mutt, people start propagating religion and imposing ideas of religion on each other. This mutt is open to people across all the religions. If we get enough support and time from people then we have plans to educate youngsters about various issues in our society and why it is essential to address them."