Indian authorities shut 800-year-old mosque in Maharashtra

12:27 PM | 16 Jul, 2023
Indian authorities shut 800-year-old mosque in Maharashtra
Source: The Wire

NEW DELHI – An ancient mosque, dating back 800 years, in the state of Maharashtra, controlled by the BJP, has been closed for the Muslim worshippers.

The closure followed a complaint filed by a Hindu group associated with the RSS, according to The Wire on Saturday.

The mosque, located in Jalgaon, has become inaccessible to the Muslim community after the district collector issued an interim restraining order while reviewing the complaint filed by the right-wing organization. As part of the order, the collector also directed the deployment of police in the area and placed the mosque under the supervision of the tehsildar, describing it as a "disputed" structure.

This 800-year-old mosque holds significant religious importance in northern Maharashtra and is registered under the Waqf Board.

The order issued by the local official has been challenged before the Aurangabad bench of the Bombay High Court. Aslam, a member of the Jumma Masjid Trust, expressed concerns that this unprecedented order marks the beginning of the communalization of a centuries-old mosque in the state.

The controversy surrounding the mosque stems from a complaint lodged by an unregistered organization called "Pandavwada Sangharsh Samiti." The complainant, Prasad Madhusudan Dandawate, reportedly a member of the RSS and Bajrang Dal, claims that the mosque was built over a Hindu place of worship and should be taken over by the state authorities. The complainant also alleges that the Jumma Masjid Trust has "illegally" encroached upon the space.

However, a law enacted after the 1992 demolition of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya prohibits the damage or reclamation of ancient monuments.

Members of the Jumma Masjid Trust stated that they were unaware of these claims until they received a notice in June. By then, the collector had already been conducting hearings, and on July 11, he issued the restraining order, giving them limited time to defend their case.

In response to the situation, the Waqf Board and the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) were also issued notices. The ASI supported the trust's claims, stating that it is an ancient structure where prayers have been offered since their involvement in 1986. They affirmed that the mosque has always been an open and accessible space for Muslims.

The CEO of the board, Moin Tahsildar, criticised the collector's decision to issue the restraining order, arguing that it exceeded his jurisdiction and infringed on the legal authority of the Waqf tribunal. The interim order has been challenged by the Waqf Board.

In an attempt to defend their case, the Masjid Trust has moved the high court, presenting historical documents dating back to pre-independence times, including court orders issued by the British Indian government.

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Pakistani rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 27 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains largely stable against US dollar in the open market on February 27, 2024 (Tuesday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.4 for buying and 282.3 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 303 for buying and 306 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 351.5 for buying, and 355 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 76.7.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 27 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.4 282.3
Euro EUR 303 306
UK Pound Sterling GBP 351.5 355
U.A.E Dirham AED 76 76.7
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.2 75
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 742.91 750.91
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.82 39.22
Danish Krone DKK 40.56 40.96
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 905.46 914.46
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.49 59.09
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.05 175.05
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.36
Omani Riyal OMR 725.54 733.54
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.74 77.44
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 27.04 27.34
Swiss Franc CHF 317 319.5
Thai Bhat THB 7.76 7.91


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