India: Demolition Threat Looms Over Historic Mumbai Masjid and Madrassa

Tue Dec 26 2023
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MUMBAI: Mumbai’s historic masjid and adjoining madrassa face a looming threat of demolition under the pretext of being in a ‘dilapidated’ condition.

The administration of the masjid and madrassa, Anjuman Ittihadul-Muslimeen, has received a fresh notice from the authorities.

Despite persistent efforts, the Anjuman and concerned residents have been unable to secure a stay from the court, heightening concerns within the community.

Anjuman Ittehadul-Muslimeen, registered since 1987, has served as a center for religious and educational activities. Regular prayers have been conducted on the mosque’s first floor since its establishment many years before formal registration.

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Aslam Ismail Sheikh, a trustee of the mosque, detailed the challenges faced by the community. “We conducted an audit and submitted a report when we received the first notice from the government. Unfortunately, the report was not accepted, and subsequent reports were also rejected. We approached a court, but did not get a stay,” Sheikh said.

As the community prepares for the impending threat, the battle to save the historic mosque and madrassa continues, with fading hopes of relief from Hindutva rulers and their judiciary.

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