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Ayodhya’s crumbling mosque to be built at Hindu trust cost

Ayodhya: Notwithstanding the bad blood and bitter communal disharmony created between Hindus and Muslims in the aftermath of demolition of Babri Masjid about 24 years ago, conditions have changed very much now, seeing that Mahant Gyan Das of Hanumanm Garhi in Ayodhya has expressed his desire to get the old and crumbling 300 odd year old Alamgir Masjid of Moghul era rebuilt at the cost of Hanuman Garhi Trust. It may be stated that the Alamgir mosque in Ayodhya was built about 300 years ago by one of the army generals of Emperor Auranzeb at a small distance from Hanuman Garhi Temple. After about 3 centuries the mosque had started crumbling and the city’s municipal authorities had put up a notice at this mosque restricting the entry of people (Muslims) for Namaz fearing that the mosque could fall any time because of its dangerous condition. Way back around the year 1765 Nawab Shujauddaula of Avadh had gifted a piece of land to Hanuman Garhi Mandir. Alamgir mosque was built on this land and hence after gifting this land to Hanuman Garhi Temple this mosque also became the property of Hanuman Garhi Temple. Nawab Shujauddaula at the time of gifting this land to the Temple had laid the condition that Namaz should be allowed in this mosque even though it had became the property of the Temple. However, with the passage of time Namaz was discontinued in this mosque by Muslims themselves. After the notice was put up at the mosque by the municipal authorities because of its dangerous conditions, some Muslms approached Mahant gyan das of Hanuman Galho Temple to seek his permission to build a new mosque in place of the crumbling and dangerous mosque, they were surprised when Mahant Gyan Das not only allowed them to build a new mosque in its place but also offered to met the entire cost of the new mosque, saying that mosque is the abode of God, and also agreed to allow Muslims to offer Namaz in this mosque after its completion.    

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 October 2016 on page no. 14

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