The Chief Minister had publicly regretted the demolition of the two mosques and promised their reconstruction. However, the state government has done nothing so far to rectify the error
HYDERABAD — The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) has warned the Telangana government of public protest if the two demolished mosques were not rebuilt on their original places at the state secretariat.
AIMPLB has asked Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao to issue written orders to concerned department for reconstruction of the mosques in a fixed time frame “before a mass reaction comes from the Muslim community.”
“The demolition of Masjid-e-Hashmi and Masjid Dafaatir-e-Muatamadi during the demolition of an old building of the secretariat is painful and unacceptable for entire Muslim community. As per the faith of Muslims, the land of mosque is not the property of an individual or government, rather it is the property of Allah, and mosque is not a building but the piece of land endowed for offering Namaz,” said Maulana Khalid Saifullah Rahmani, Secretary and Spokesperson of AIMPLB.
Earlier this month, during the demolition of the old secretariat building, two mosques and a temple were demolished. However, the state government said the religious places were damaged, not demolished, as debris of the old secretariat building fell on them.
Several Muslim organisations and leaders including United Muslim Forum and Jamaat-e-Islami Hind had strongly condemned the demolition. Consequently, Chief Minister Rao publicly regretted the incident and promised the reconstruction.
“I am sorry about the incident. This happened unexpectedly. It should not have happened. The government’s intention is to build a new secretariat complex by demolishing the old buildings without causing any damage to the temple or the mosques,” an official release from the chief minister’s office quoting the CM said on July 10.
However, the state government has done nothing so far to rectify the error, said AIMPLB on Sunday.
“It is deeply regrettable that despite the demand from members of AIMPLB living in Hyderabad, eminent Ulama and Muftis of the city and various Muslim organisations, the state government has neither taken any step to rectify this painful incident, nor has given any clear assurance,” said Maulana Rahmani.
He warned the state government of public protest if the mosques were not built on the same place in a fixed time frame.
“Muslims are in deep sorrow over this incident. Before any public reaction comes from the Muslim community, the government should rectify its error. For this, three things are necessary: 1) Mosques should be rebuilt at the places where they were standing, not at any alternate place; this is completely unacceptable for Muslims. And this is not a political issue, rather it relates to our faith. 2) Govt should fix a time deadline by which rebuilding of the mosques will start and will be handed over to Muslims after completion of the work. 3) the CM should issue written orders to his officers,” said the AIMPLB official in the statement.
“If the government did not give attention to it, then Muslims will have no option but to hold peaceful protest and take the matter in people’s court,” said Maulana Rahmani.