Gyanvapi Masjid’s Joint Secretary, Syed Muhammed Yasin visits JIH headquarters

March 13, 2024

New Delhi: Varanasi’s Anjuman Intezamia Masajid Committee’s Joint Secretary, Syed Muhammed Yasin visited the headquarters of the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind here recently. He discussed various litigations pending in the court related to the Gyanvapi Masjid with the JIH leadership. Anjuman manages the affairs of the Gyanvapi masjid. Mr Yasin was accompanied by Advocate Akhlaq Ahmed who looks after the cases related to the Masjid.

Among the JIH office-bearers who were present during the interaction included National Vice-President Prof. Salim Engineer, Secretary General T Arif Ali, and National Secretary Mohammed Shafi Madani.

Mr Yasin had one-to-one discussions with JIH National President, Syed Sadatullah Husaini. During the discussions, he said that misinformation was being propagated that Gyanvapi Masjid was built by Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb on the site of a demolished temple. Quoting history books in the Persian language, he informed that the mosque was built by a leading citizen of Jaunpur, near Varanasi (also called Benaras), on a vacant plot. Some changes in the mosque were, however, done during the reign of Akbar, and a major renovation of the mosque was done by Aurangzeb. Mr. Yasin said that the mosque committee was having all the documents related to the land in its favor.

Regarding the order for ‘pooja’ in the southern basement of the mosque given by a court in Varanasi, he said that no ‘pooja’ was ever performed in the Masjid’s basement yet the court allowed the Hindu party to start pooja in the basement merely on the verbal claims of the Hindu litigant. The Hindu litigant claimed that ‘pooja’ was held in the basement which was discontinued in 1993 on the orders of the then Mulayam Singh Yadav government. He said that Allahabad High Court rejected the Masjid committee’s petition challenging the order of the Varanasi district court. The committee has now filed a petition in the Supreme Court challenging the Allahabad High Court order.

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