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Finally Trust Formed to Build Mosque in Ayodhya

Religion World 2020-08-01 15:02:19

Finally Trust Formed to Build Mosque in Ayodhya

Even as the city of Ayodhya is gearing for the Bhumi Pujan of Ram Mandir on August 5, the Uttar Pradesh Sunni Central Waqf Board announced the formation of a trust that will oversee the construction of mosque in the place that has been allotted to the Board. This is a significant move since the activity for the construction of Ram Mandir is starting; the Board wants to prove that they too are not far behind!

Uttar Pradesh Sunni Central Waqf Board President Zufar Ahmad Farooqui announced formation of a trust — Indo-Islamic Cultural Foundation — for the construction of mosque in the five-acre plot in Ayodhya’s Dhannipur village.

According to a statement by the board, the trust will have 15 members, including chief trustee Zufar Faruqi, Adnan Farukh Shah, Athar Hussain, Faez Aftab, Mohd Junaid Siddiqui, Sheikh Sauduzzaman, Mohd Rashid, Imran Ahmad and the chief executive officer of the board.

In February and then earlier this month, the Uttar Pradesh Sunni Central Waqf Board had confirmed that it had accepted the 5 acres allocated to it and would set up a trust to build a mosque in Dhannipur, about 30 km from Ayodhya town, where Muslims make up 60% per cent of the population. The locals said they last heard of the proposed mosque in February when officials of the revenue department had come to measure the land.

The Supreme Court had in November last year paved the way for the construction of a Ram Temple by a Trust at the disputed site in Ayodhya, and directed the centre to allot an alternative 5-acre plot to the Sunni Waqf Board for building a new mosque at a “prominent” place in the holy town in Uttar Pradesh.

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