A mosque, which is in a dilapidated condition in Ayodhya, would now be reconstructed on the land which belongs to Hanumangarhi temple. This is in a city where the famous Babri Masjid has felled down 24 years ago, flaring up tension in the country.
The Ayodhya municipal body had announced 300-year-old Aalamgiri Masjid to be unsafe and prohibited entry of people, Hanumangarhi temple trust allowed its reconstruction and agreed to bear the cost and welcomed Muslims to offer namaz on premises.
It may be noted the mosque land is owned by the temple trust. The masjid was built by one of the generals of Mughal emperor Aurangzeb in the 17th century. Nawab Shujauddaulah donated the mosque land to the temple in around 1765, on the condition that namaz would continue there.
However, with the masjid lying in a dilapidated condition , the practice of offering namaz slowly came to an end.
Seeing the municipal board’s notice pasted on the mosque’s wall riled up local Muslims and they met Hanumangarhi’s chief priest Mahant Gyan Das and asked him to allow them to get the masjid repaired.
To their surprise, the temple management not only allowed the masjid to be rebuilt but also offered to bear the cost. “I asked our Muslim brothers to renovate and reconstruct the masjid on our expense and also issued a no-objection certificate (NOC) to offer namaz as this is a ‘Khuda ka Ghar’,” said Mahant Gyan Das .
“I support the renovation of a mausoleum on the premises which is as old as the masjid,” added the mahant who also holds iftar for the Muslims during Ramadan.