On Thursday, Bhagwat and senior Sangh functionaries met Umer Ahmed Ilyasi, the chief of All India Imam Organisation, at a mosque in Kasturba Gandhi Marg.
The closed-door meeting lasted for more than an hour.
Bhagwat was accompanied by joint general secretary Krishna Gopal, Ram Lal and Indresh Kumar. While Lal was earlier organisational secretary of the BJP, Kumar is patron of the Muslim Rashtriya Manch.
Sharing details of the meeting, Suhaib Ilyasi, brother of Ahmed Ilyasi, said, “It was great that Bhagwatji came on our invitation on the death anniversary of our father. It also sends out a good message to the country.”
The All India Imam Organisation is the representative voice of the community of Indian Imams and claims to be the largest imam organisation in the world.
It was formed to undertake at all levels the socio-economic issues which directly influence the earnings of Imams, their status in society and the expectations that the community and state have from them.