At a time when there is marked rise in vigilante incidents in the name of cow protection, a Muslim filmmaker has sent a message of peace across the country with his unique gesture. Sarosh Khan adopted a cow and a calf and performed house warming rituals for the animals at his home in Kota on Sunday, reported Hindustan Times.

Khan , who has acted in several Hindi and Rajasthani films, including Payback, Kota Junction and Bhanwari, performed Hindu rituals and put vermilion on the head of the bovines at his home in Vigyan Nagar. “Islam does not preach hate against Hindus or any other religions. Everyone should respect each other and end violence in the name of cows,” Khan told The Hindustan Times.

Khan decided to adopt cows and rear them in his house to convey a message to the society that Muslims too love cows. “If my initiative can end violence in the name of cows, I will be satisfied,” he said. Alleging that fake cow vigilantes are carrying out violence in the name of cow protection, Khan asked them to adopt stray cattle if they really consider cows as their “mother”.

“I have performed house warming of cows for Hindus in the past as well, but it is for the first time that a Muslim has performed such a ceremony,” said Assistant professor of Jagadguru Ramanandacharya Rajasthan Sanskrit University (JRRSU) Shastri Kosalendradas who was specially called in by Khan to perform the Hindu rituals.

He also said that Vedas assert that cows are not the “mother” of a particular community or any country but is the mother of the entire world and its inhabitants.