A book named ‘Facts of Ayodhya Episode’ written by assistant general of All India Muslim Personal Law Board Abdul Rahim Quraishi claims Lord Rama’s birthplace is in Pakistan. It says Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh is not Lord Rama’s birthplace as it was inhabited in 7th century BC, while Lord Rama is believed to have been born 18 million years ago,
The book goes on to say there were two Ayodhyas and both of them are in Dera Ismail Khan district of Pakistan’s North Western Frontier Province (now known as Khyber Pakhtunkwha). One of the Ayodhyas was built by King Raghu, great grandfather of Lord Rama and the second by the latter himself,” Quraishi said.
Quraishi, who is also president of Majlis Tameer-e-Millat, a socio-religious organisation, further claimed that Ayodhya in Faizabad district was known as Saket in 7th century BC. Maybe Hindus in 11th century Common Era named it Ayodhya.
Quraishi says if the present Ayodhya is Lord Rama’s birthplace, it would have been mentioned in Ramayana of Tulsidas. He wrote Ramayana during the time of Mughal emperor Akbar, the grandson of Babar.
Quaraishi book’s Urdu version has hit the stands. The English translation is expected to be published soon. He pointed out the excavations undertaken by BHU and ASI and those on the orders of Allahabad High Court found nothing to prove that a temple existed there. There was no objection by Hindus when Babri Masjid was constructed in 1528.