Indian Muslims Trust Ayodhya Mosque Project to Launch Jan 26 | Religion news

The project is part of the settlement of a case concerning the demolition of the Babri Mosque by a Hindu mob in 1992.

A Muslim group in India said it would begin construction of a mosque in the northern Indian city of Ayodhya on January 26, the day the South Asian nation will celebrate its Republic Day.

The project is part of the settlement of a case surrounding the demolition of the Babri Mosque by a Hindu mob in 1992, leading to some of the worst religious violence India has witnessed, killing more than 2,000 people and a protracted legal battle in various courts.

Right-wing groups, including the ruling Bharatiya Janata (BJP) party, claimed that Mughal Emperor Babur built the mosque in the 16th century on the exact spot where the Hindu god Lord Ram was born.

In November 2019, the Indian Supreme Court handed over the site to a Hindu trust for the construction of a Ram temple, while the government-controlled Sunni Central Waqf Board was given an alternative site 25 km away ( 15 miles) to build a mosque.

Subsequently, the board announced the formation of the Indo-Islamic Cultural Foundation (IICF) to execute the construction of the mosque.

According to a statement released on Sunday evening, the IIICF trust said work on the mosque would officially begin on January 26, Republic Day of India, which marks the day the Indian constitution came into effect in 1950.

The trust said the national flag would be hoisted on the five-acre land of the so-called Dhannipur Mosque Project at 8:30 a.m. (03:00 GMT), followed by tree planting.

“It has been decided that the Indo-Islamic Cultural Foundation will celebrate India’s Republic Day this year with the launch of the Dhannipur Mosque project, which includes a hospital, museum, library, community kitchen, Indo-Islamic cultural research center, publishing house and mosque, ”IICF secretary Athar Hussain said in the statement.

“The official start of the project should be done by planting saplings on five acres of land. As envisioned in the project, a green zone, which will contain plants from all over the world – from the Amazon rainforest to areas with bushfires in Australia – and from all different geographic regions of India will be developed to raise awareness of the threat. imminent climate change, ”the statement added.

A BJP supporter holds a model of the proposed Ram temple in Ayodhya as they celebrate the laying of its cornerstone in New Delhi last year [File: Adnan Abidi/Reuters]

Meanwhile, a campaign has been launched by Hindu groups to raise funds for the Ram temple in Ayodhya.

Indian media last week reported that President Ram Nath Kovind donated 500,001 rupees ($ 6,823), which drew criticism from Muslim groups and activists over the movement in a nation officially secular.

Many other BJP leaders have also contributed, with the Hindu trust saying it will also contact Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other government officials for funds.

Meanwhile, Indian media reported that nearly $ 13 million was raised by the trust, which said it aims to build the temple before 2024 – the year of the next general election.

Local media have also reported religious tensions in several locations as the campaign to raise money for the temple is waged across the country, with right-wing Hindu groups accused of raising inflammatory slogans and harassing Muslims.

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