The Allahwali Mosque in Karaval Nagar, which was set ablaze by miscreants who had also hung a saffron flag on its minaret, was renovated and repaired by Jamiat and was thrown open for the faithfuls
NEW DELHI – Maulana Arshad Madani, President, Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind, has described the riots in the northeast Delhi in February as a ploy to push back Muslims economically, educationally, socially and politically.
While handing over a renovated mosque and 45 rebuilt houses damaged during the violence on Monday, he said that the riots were horrific and planned, and the role of the police and the administration in it had been dubious as proved by several videos that had gone viral.
“That is why the number of people from the minority community among the victims is much higher than we estimated. The loss of life and property was one-sided, but the way religious places of worship were targeted and houses were burnt is enough to show that the riots did not happen suddenly but It was pre-planned,” the Maulana said.
The Allahwali Mosque in Karaval Nagar, which was set ablaze by miscreants who had also hung a saffron flag on its minaret, was renovated and repaired by Jamiat and was thrown open for the faithfuls on Monday. Madani also handed over 45 repaired and rebuilt houses to their owners. Earlier, 55 houses and two mosques—where regular congregational prayers have already started–were rebuilt and handed over to the riot victims.
The February riots had left 53 people dead and some 400 others injured. Hundreds of shops and homes were razed to the ground. In the frenzy of sectarianism, miscreants had also desecrated many places of worship, set them on fire and chanted provocative slogans.
The Allahwali Mosque in Karawal Nagar was also one of the mosques burnt down during the riots. The miscreants also placed an idol inside it, and a saffron flag was hung on its minarets. Its pictures were published in all the newspapers, and also went viral on social media.
According to a release issued by Fazlur Rahman Qasmi, Jamiat Press Secretary, on the direction of Maulana Madani, volunteers and members of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind were helping the people irrespective of their religion during the riots, and wherever any untoward incident was reported, the people of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind would immediately reach the area by contacting the administration and senior police officers.
Mufti Abdul Raziq, general secretary of Jamiat Ulema-i-Hind Delhi Unit, accompanied by a delegation, rushed there with the police, and cleared the mosque from idols and flags.
Jamiat Ulama of Delhi has been working since then to rehabilitate the victims of the Delhi riots, and it has been giving legal aid to the innocent people who were arrested in false cases of riots.
A legal team led by Advocate Chauhan is looking into the whole matter and so far at least 16 people have been granted bail. The Maulana has also directed the Secretary, Legal Cell, Gulzar Ahmad Azmi and Advocate Shahid Nadeem, Legal Adviser, Jamiat Legal Cell, to keep a close eye on the matter since this is a sensitive matter.
Immediately after the riots, the relief team of Jamiat Ulama-i-Delhi became active in the affected areas to provide all kinds of necessities to the helpless people. Relief work started then, is now has completed in two phases.
The release quoted the Maulana as saying that Jamiat had helped the victims irrespective of their religion, and it would continue to do so.
“Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind is a supporter of peace and unity, and that is why it does not discriminate religiously in any matter. In the case of the Delhi riots, too, we have helped all the victims irrespective of religion and nationality and we are still doing so,” concluded the Maulana.