On November 15, a video of a kufi-wearing cook in a restaurant spitting into the dough while cooking tandoori roti, a thin handmade bread common on the Indian subcontinent, went viral across social media platforms in India. Soon it was discovered that the cook was a Muslim, working in a restaurant named “Muslim Hotel” in Loni, Ghaziabad, in India’s National Capital Region. The Hindu Raksha Dal lodged a complaint against the disgusting act with the Loni Police Station, and the cook was detained for questioning.

Gaziabad Police later released a video of the Circle Officer of Loni, stating: “A video has gone viral on social media in which a man was seen spitting on roti before putting it in tandoor. During the investigation, it was found that the video was of Muslim Hotel located near the Bathlana flyover in the Loni Police Station area. The man in question has been arrested for further questioning. Police will take appropriate action as per the law so that no one’s sentiments are hurt in the future.”

This is not a one-of-a-kind occurrence. Just a couple of months ago, another video showing another cook spitting in food in a Dhaba went viral, and again, after Hindu associations lodged a complaint with the police, a Muslim named Tamizuddin, who was working as a cook at Chicken Point in Panchvati Ahimsa Vatika market in Gaziabad, was arrested.

In February 2021, another Muslim named Naushad was arrested in Meerut for spitting into tandoori rotis at a wedding. After interrogation, it was revealed that he has been making and spitting in tandoori rotis for ten to fifteen years. In March 2021, two Muslims, Mohammad Ibrahim and Anwar, who were working in a West Delhi eatery, were arrested by Delhi Police after a customer caught them spitting on rotis. Again in March 2021, a Muslim named Mohammad Mohsin, who was hired to make rotis at a Hindu engagement ceremony, was arrested after being caught red-handed while spitting on the dough. Mohammad Khalik’s video of spitting on rotis at Madeeena hotel in North East Delhi went viral the same month; taking cognizance of the matter, the Delhi Police arrested the cook. This activity was perpetrated by more people than just cooks making rotis: fruit vendor Mohammad Farman was caught spitting on sliced watermelons, and was detained by Muzaffarnagar Police. Such cases were reported by the dozens in this region; there have been do many of them that they do not shock Indians anymore.

However, what is outrageous is the impenitence with which Leftists, liberals, and Muslims in the entertainment industry and the media rush to defend those who are spitting on food. When Naushad was caught spitting into dough and was arrested, renowned Islamic apologists defended him, accusing right-wing organizations in India of targeting these people solely because they were Muslims, and claiming that all they were doing was “passionately cooking.” They then lament at how Muslims are supposedly being jailed in India under Modi for doing nothing.

This is what we have come to. Muslims should be allowed to spit in food being cooked for the consumption of non-Muslims, because they are a religious minority in the country. If you raise objections to this, and if you refuse to eat food that has been spat on, you are a religious bigot. How dare you not eat a roti a Muslim cook has so passionately spat upon?

Recently, in a televised debate, when presented with clips of kufi-wearing people licking the plates and spoons of what appeared to be a restaurant, an Islamic cleric claimed that these people were not contaminating the utensils with spit. He asserted that what they were doing was a part of their faith. He also asserted that the fruit seller Mohammad Farman was not spitting on the fruit, but cleaning it. After massive outrage, the news channel had to take down the debate, but a portion of it is still available on social media.

A few weeks ago, another video surfaced, showing Muslim clerics cooking food in large quantities for a party. One of them took a plate full of food, blew on it, and mixed the content of the plate with food that was in a larger container. It has been a subject of debate in India as to whether he was spitting on the plate. Islamic apologists have defended his act by claiming that he was reading a prayer over the food and blowing upon it as per Islamic tradition. Even if that were true, what is the likelihood that tiny droplets of spit went into the food with the holy “blow”? If this “blown on” food is served only to Muslims, then we would not have much to say. But if this “blowing” is practiced while preparing food for those who do not follow Islam, then do the consumers have a right to object, or would that be “Islamophobia”?

Source: https://www.jihadwatch.org/2021/11/india-islamic-cleric-says-spitting-on-food-is-their-tradition-if-you-refuse-this-food-youre-an-islamophobe

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