On Tuesday, Mr Khan, the spiritual head of the renowned shrine, issued a statement that read that men should end the practice of "triple talaq", which was against the spirit of Quran. Further saying that his family and he "have taken a pledge that we will never have beef for the rest of our lives," he urged Muslims to give up beef, to "honour the religious sentiment of our Hindu brothers" and re-establish the goodwill among the two communities.
The same evening, when Mr Khan was performing some rituals at the sanctum sanctorum of the dargah, Mr Alimi occupied the seat of the Deewan and declared himself the new Deewan or Sajjadanashin, a descendant of the saint. The seat is the holy place where the saint Moinuddin Chishti used to sit and preach. Now a Sajjadanashin sits there during religious ceremonies.
MA Khan, the chief of the government-appointed Dargah committee, said Mr Khan continues to be the head of the shrine. "This is a dispute between two brothers and the Sajjadanashin cannot be sacked or removed by such a move," the chief was quoted as saying by PTI. According to the Durgah Khawaja Saheb Act, 1955, a new head is appointed only when the post falls vacant.
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