NEW DELHI — On Thursday evening using the hashtag #Mosquesofindia many twitter handles shared pictures of the historical mosques, many of them depicting Indo-Islamic architecture.
The hashtag trended in the wake of the recent Supreme Court verdict on Babri Masjid title suit clearing way for the construction of a temple at the site where until 992 a grand Mughal era mosque stood.
The tweets featured photos of mosques spread across the length and breadth of India emphasizing that Islam and its symbols are very much part of the pluralistic ethos of India.
Here are some tweets:
— Irena Akbar (@irenaakbar) November 15, 2019
— Ahtisham (@_iAhtisham) November 15, 2019
Ujra mosque,Kavaratti, Lakshadweep.
The Ujra Mosque, was built by Sheikh Mohammad Kasim in the 17th century. The structure has an ornate ceiling, said to have been carved out of a single of driftwood.#MosquesofIndia pic.twitter.com/sWLkd7Gpks
— HazratJaan أم القط (@hazratbilli) November 15, 2019
— أنا أورانجزیب (@DEAURANGZEB) November 15, 2019
The general reaction of Muslims in India to the verdict has been that of disappointment though they restrained from showing anger on streets. The Muslim leaders said that they honour the decision of the Supreme Court and appealed to the community to maintain calm. Several Muslim groups legally associated with the title suit held meetings on whether to go for the review petition.
Dhai Seedhi ki Masjid, 1716, Bhopal.
— Md Asif Khan آصِف (@imMAK02) November 15, 2019
— Rahul Easwar (@RahulEaswar) November 15, 2019
— Yeh Log ! (@yehlog) November 15, 2019
Buoyed by a sense of victory, there are apprehensions that the right-wing organisations may launch campaigns laying claim over several other places of Muslim worship. However, for Muslims, the major takeaway from what has been called a one-sided judgment is that it underlines the importance of the 1991 Act on the protection of places of worship.
— Goutham (@Goutham09828240) November 15, 2019
— نور🌈 (@ParadoxicalPari) November 15, 2019
An example of Dravidian-Islamic architecture; the 17th century Kilakarai Jummah Palli, among the many others that were built along the southern coast of India. #MosquesofIndia pic.twitter.com/ub1fbYrT1b
— Yamna (@yamnasathak) November 16, 2019