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AIMMM Condemns the ASI Directive on Kamal Maula Masjid in Dhar
A Surrender to Religious Chauvinism, Unlawful and Illogical
Proposes Recourse to Judiciary and Excavation of Actual Bhojshala Site
New Delhi, 8 April, 2003: Shri Syed Shahabuddin, President of the All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat (AIMMM), has issued the following Statement:
"The All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat (AIMMM) condemns the directive of the Archaeological Survey of India (AIS) to allow pooja in the Kamal Maula Masjid, Dhar, every Tuesday from sunrise to sunset as an abject surrender to the Hindu Jagran Manch and its patron the Sangh Parivar and the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, in particular.
The ASI directive is yet another instance of the unmasking of the Central Government, a coalition only in name and in fact a Government of the RSS for the RSS and by the RSS. The ASI directive is patently unlawful because:
(i) It violates the Places of Worship (Special Provisions) Act, 1991, because on 15 August, 1947, the Masjid was not used except for Namaz.
(ii) It violates the Ancient Monuments and Archaeologist Sites and Remains Act, 1958, which protects the use of every protected monument for customary religious observance. The Masjid was declared as a monument of national importance under the earlier Act of 1951; its use was then restricted for Friday Namaz only.
(iii) It violates the Wakf Act, 1995, the Masjid being a Wakf property and described as such in the pre-1947 revenue records.
(iv) Above all, it ignores the fact that the Masjid is not the Bhojshala nor built on its site, as according to the 1928 map of the town of Dhar the remains of the actual Bhojshala lie at a distance of nearly 500 yards from the Masjid.
(v) It is illogical as there is no idol and, therefore, no temple in the premises for any Hindu worshipper to carry rice or flowers.
(vi) It is but the thin end of the wedge to facilitate eventual conversion of the Masjid into a Mandir by executive fiat.
The AIMMM requests the Ministry of Culture and the ASI to reconsider the directive as it shall perpetuate communal tension in the town and the region.
The AIMMM demands that the Central Government should ask those who claim access to the Masjid to seek a judicial verdict in their favour and in the meantime, direct the ASI to excavate the actual site of the Bhojshala in Dhar."
Sd/- Syed Shahabuddin
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