05/07/2015 10:58 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

In A First, RSS's 'Muslim Rashtriya Manch' Hosted Iftar Party, Diplomats Of Islamic Countries Attended

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A Pakistani boy stands beside Iftar food to break their Ramadan fast on a street in Karachi on July 3, 2015. Ramadan is marked by Muslims worldwide and implies fasting, abstaining from foods, sex and smoking from dawn to dusk. AFP PHOTO / Rizwan TABASSUM (Photo credit should read RIZWAN TABASSUM/AFP/Getty Images)

This is a first.

The hardline Rashtriya Swamsevak Sangh (RSS) held an iftar gathering for followers of Islam, as well as diplomats from Islamic countries Saturday evening in the parliament annexe building.

The RSS has a barely-known wing called Muslim Rashtriya Manch. Its chief patron, Indresh Kumar, said at the gathering that people of one faith should respect other religions and not criticise them.

Kumar quoted from the Quran, the holy book of Muslims, that mutual peace and harmony was the message of god.

Ambassadors of a few countries, including Egypt, and representatives of various Muslim countries attended the event, the organisers said. Union minister Harsh Vardhan was also present.

Hindutva organisations have been facing flak for pushing their hardline agenda with programmes like 'Ghar Wapsi' and 'Love Jihad'.

(With IANS inputs)

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