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Occupied mosque recovered after 60 yrs

For the first time in Punjab’s history a house built at the site of a demolished mosque has been demolished

Jagraon (Punjab): A mosque demolished and occupied about sixty years ago was recovered on 30 July with the efforts of Majlis Ahrar volunteers with the blessings of Majlis Ahrar President Maulana Habibur Rahman Sani Ludhianvi who is also the Shahi Imam of Punjab. Before 1947 local Muslims had built a large and beautiful mosque in Hans Kalan village. It was destroyed after Partition and at that place one Milkait Singh and his wife Milkait Kaur had built their house. A few months ago, Muslims living in this locality went to Maulana Habibur Rahman Sani Ludhianvi and complained to him that such-and-such person was building his house at the site of the demolished mosque. Taking this complaint seriously, Maulana Habibur Rahman started immediate action. A notice was given to Milkait Singh not to build his house at that place. Punchayat meetings were also held three times, and the occupants were requested in the notice to vacate the occupied place by 30 July. On the fixed date, i.e. 30 July, when Milkait Singh had not vacated the site of mosque, Ahrar volunteers along with Panchayat members reached the place and demolished his house. On that occasion Shahi Imam Maulana Habibur Rahman himself was present along with local Muslim and Waqf Board officers. Majlis Ahrar’s welfare institution Al-Habib Charitable Trust took over the job of building the mosque.

It may be stated that among the many destroyed mosques that have been rehabilitated now, rehabilitation of this mosque is most important and this is for the first time in Punjab’s history that a house built at the site of a demolished mosque has been demolished. Now work on building the new mosque will start soon under the supervision of Maulana Habibur Rahman Sani Ludhianvi.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 August 2010 on page no. 20

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