Repair and Relief Efforts Begin in Mewat After Communal Violence, Says Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind


Team Clarion

NEW DELHI – In the wake of recent communal violence that left a trail of destruction in Mewat, the Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind said that it has taken up the mantle of repair and relief work, initiating the restoration of burnt and demolished mosques, houses, and shops.

Under the guidance of Maulana Arshad Madani, the President of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind, a dedicated delegation has been tirelessly working to alleviate the suffering of affected communities.

A total of 14 mosques in the region fell victim to miscreants, with one mosque being completely burnt and 13 others partially damaged. The Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind formed various committees, including a Relief Committee, Legal Cell, and Survey Committees, to assess the extent of damage and formulate legal proceedings.

Maulana Rashid Qasmi, the General Secretary of Jamiat Ulama Rajasthan, led a survey committee and relief team to Palwal district on August 13, 2023. The delegation’s efforts were first directed towards the Hassanpur village’s Jama Masjid, which suffered partial damage. Under the supervision of Imam Masjid Maulana Luqman Qasmi, restoration work has commenced.

The delegation’s survey also brought them to the nearby village of Rasoolpur, where a mosque had been significantly damaged. The room of the mosque’s Imam was set ablaze, the walls were vandalized, and religious books were defiled. While immediate repairs were deemed unfeasible due to the prevailing circumstances, the delegation pledged to begin restoration as soon as conditions permit. The mosque, overseen by the Haryana Waqf Board, estimated damages worth approximately three lakh rupees.

Undeterred by challenges, the delegation ventured to Jama Masjid, Kacha Bazar, Tehsil Tauru, District Nuh, on August 14. Despite initial restrictions by local authorities, the delegation’s persistence led to the inspection of the mosque, revealing significant damage. Repair and renovation efforts have been set in motion to restore the mosque to its former glory.

An important triumph for the delegation was securing permission for regular prayers to resume at the affected mosques, after authorities had initially prohibited congregational worship post-riots. Expressing deep sorrow over the atrocities, the delegation demanded justice for the perpetrators.

The resilience of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind extends beyond restoration efforts. The organization is preparing to file a lawsuit in the Punjab and Haryana High Court, seeking compensation and rehabilitation for the victims of this heartless act. Additionally, the organization is providing temporary financial assistance to the displaced and impoverished, as well as those whose livelihoods were disrupted.

Leading the charge, Maulana Muhammad Haroon, President of Jamiat Ulama Haryana and Punjab, has been at the forefront of these relief endeavors. He is joined by a team of committed individuals, including Maulana Muhammad Khalid Qasmi Nuh, Maulana Rashid, General Secretary of Jamiat Ulama Rajasthan, and Haji Ramzan Malab, President of Jamiat Ulama District Nuh, among others.

As Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind’s volunteers and workers continue to dedicate themselves to relief and welfare activities, the organization’s message resonates clear – unity and compassion shall triumph over adversity.


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