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#1 [Permalink] Posted on 18th May 2021 12:07
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Indian mosque bulldozed in defiance of high court order

Local officials in Uttar Pradesh demolish mosque that had stood since time of British rule

Tue 18 May 2021

A local administration in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh has defied a state high court order and bulldozed a mosque, in one of the most inflammatory actions taken against a Muslim place of worship since the demolition of the Babri Mosque by a mob of Hindu nationalist rioters in 1992.

The mosque, in the city of Ram Sanehi Ghat in Uttar Pradesh, had stood for at least six decades, since the time of British rule, according to documents held by its committee.


On Monday, police and security services moved into the area and cleared it of people, then brought in bulldozers and demolished the mosque. Debris was then thrown into a river. Security services have been deployed to prevent anyone coming within a mile of where the mosque stood.

The state government of Uttar Pradesh is controlled by the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata party (BJP), which also governs at national level.

The chief minister is a hardline Hindu nationalist called Yogi Adityanath, who is known for his vitriol against Muslims. He has made speeches laced with Islamophobia, referred to Muslims as terrorists, and passed legislation openly discriminatory to Muslims.

A local imam, Maulana Abdul Mustafa, who is on the mosque committee, said the mosque was “hundreds of years old” and that “thousands of people have been coming here five times a day to offer namaz [prayer]”.

“All Muslims were scared, so no one went near the mosque or dared to protest when the mosque was being demolished. Even today, several dozen people are leaving their homes and hiding in other areas out of the fear of the police.”

Adarsh Singh, a district magistrate, said: “I do not know any mosque. I know there was an illegal structure. The Uttar Pradesh high court declared it illegal. That’s why the regional senior district magistrate took action. I will not say anything else.”


The demolition was in violation of a high court order issued on 24 April, which stated that the mosque should be protected from any eviction or demolition until 31 May.

The mosque’s presence has been contested by the local administration, which on 15 March issued a “show cause” notice to the mosque committee asking it to explain how the building’s location was chosen and citing an intention to demolish it on the grounds that it was an illegal structure.


The mosque committee sent a detailed response, including documents demonstrating the building had an electricity connection from 1959, but the local administration did not take the response on to official record.

On 18 March, the mosque committee went to the Uttar Pradesh high court citing concerns that the mosque faced “imminent demolition”, and an order was given for the local administration to file a reply about the grounds on which it had established that the mosque had been illegally built and was obstructing traffic, even though the structure did not sit on a road.

However, in the following days, the local administration began building a permanent structure to block access to the mosque.


On 19 March, local Muslims were prevented from entering the mosque for Friday prayers, causing tension and protests in the area. Over 35 local Muslims who were protesting were arrested and put in jail, where many are still held, and police reports were filed against the demonstrators.

The mosque committee became concerned at the actions of the local administration, and in April filed a public interest litigation in the high court. In a further ruling on 24 April, the high court ordered that “any orders of eviction, dispossession or demolition …shall remain in abeyance until 31.05.21”.

However, the administration went ahead with the demolition of the mosque on Monday. Local Muslims in the area, including members of the mosque committee, said they had gone into hiding over fears they would be targeted and arrested.


The district where the mosque is located is adjacent to Ayodhya, where the Babri Mosque stood before its demolition in 1992. In a significant court ruling in 2019, judges declared that the land legally belonged to Hindus, rather than Muslims, and a new Ram Temple is under construction on the site where the Babri Mosque stood formerly.
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#2 [Permalink] Posted on 18th May 2021 14:28
The governments are doing this to hide their failures in all fronts. Create a hindu muslim issue, and the majority community will be fed with sedatives, they will get calm.
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#3 [Permalink] Posted on 18th May 2021 18:39
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I don't care who I trigger by saying this, but Indian Muslims need to toughen up. Let me explain,

Indian Muslims make up 25% of the Indian population and there are 200,000,000 of them in India. 25% of the largest democracy on the planet had its citizenship taken away.

Unfortunately, despite their protest, they were unable to change this decision.

Then the whole thing with the Sikh farmers rolls around. 2% of the Indian population was able to change this decision! Those Sikhs managed to pressure Modi's government enough to make that change but the 25% Muslim population wasn't able to get their basic citizenship back!

Now look at how covid-19 has been ravaging India recently.

While Indian Muslims are being beaten up in the streets by Hindus, lynched by Hindus, assaulted by Hindus, businesses completely destroyed by Hindus, they are rushing to sell anything they can to pay for oxygen tanks for the filthy mushrikeen!

Indian Muslims selling their bikes, children's toys, shoes, appliances, anything they can get their hands on so that they can buy oxygen tanks for the Hindus who brutalize them, why? Because they're scared of how bold they are with Modi in power and think that if they show them how much they're trying to help them they're going to show mercy.

This couldn't be farther from the truth. The mushrikeen hardly have any morality at all. The pagan idol worshipper has nothing but pure resentment for the monotheist.

When a Muslim is being forced to chant "Jai Shri Ram" the response should be "Allahu Akbar".

The Indian Muslims couldn't even defend the Babur Masjid!

This isn't to direct any hate at Indian Muslims based on identity, but all I am saying is I want to see some gheerah for the deen in the eyes of the oppressors (mushrik Hindus).

Stop being cowardly and bowing down to the filthy mushrikeen who bathe in cow dung and stand up as a true Muslim. They can't stop 200,000,000 people if unless those people aren't fighting back at all.
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#4 [Permalink] Posted on 18th May 2021 22:04
Keyboard warrior who has no clue about Indian demography
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#5 [Permalink] Posted on 19th May 2021 10:06
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#6 [Permalink] Posted on 19th May 2021 22:28
EDITORIAL: Condemnation of Indian News Channel's Blatant Stunt involving Masjid Al Nabawi

HARAMAIN SHARIFAIN

On Tuesday, The Editorial Team of Inside the Haramain released a statement condemning the 'stunt played' by an Indian News Channel which shows the destruction of the Green Dome at Masjid Al Nabawi, Madinah




The channel "Sudarshan News" showed the despicable animation while covering the Israeli Aggressions against the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

The Green Dome is a historical monument under which are the resting places of Prophet Muhammad (May Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon Him) and His Companions the First Two Rightly Guided Caliphs Abu Bakr (May Allah be pleased with him) and Umar ibn Khattab (May Allah be pleased with him)

The Statement further said that 'In an attempt to gain ratings, the channel blatantly showed the animation of the symbol of Madinah Al Munawarrah being destroyed.'

Inside the Haramain also said 'The channel must immediately issue an apology for disrespecting a major Islamic symbol and hurting the sentiments of Muslims worldwide.'

The Haramain Sharifain and Masjid Al Aqsa are the holiest sites of Muslims and any stunt played involving them will not be tolerated by anyone, Inside the Haramain concluded

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