Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind Begins Repair Work Of Vandalised, Burnt Mosques in Mewat

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(Left) Badly damaged Rasoolpur Masjid and (Right) Hassanpur Masjid in Palwal district of Haryana, after communal violence in the Nuh district of Haryana's Mewat region on July 31, 2023. Photo: India Tomorrow.

India Tomorrow

NEW DELHI—Repairing work for the burnt and destroyed mosques in Mewat has started and large-scale relief work is going on in the riot-affected areas.

Various teams of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind (JUH) have been engaged in the work of relief in different areas of Mewat since the violence took place on July 31. JUH teams visited Mewat on instructions of JUH national president Maulana Syed Arshad Madani.

Relief Committee, Legal Cell and Survey Committees have also been formed for survey and legal proceedings.

While some teams are assessing the damage caused in the riots, other teams are surveying the houses and shops demolished on the instructions of the state government and the damage caused by it.

A total of 14 mosques were attacked by miscreants in this area, out of which one mosque was completely burnt while 13 mosques were partially damaged.

The report of burnt places of worship, dargahs, houses and shops has been prepared. The list of houses and shops bulldozed at the behest of the state government, is also under preparation.

In this regard, a survey committee and relief team of JUH under the leadership of Maulana Rashid Qasmi, General Secretary, JUH (Rajasthan) conducted a survey of two mosques affected by the recent clashes in Palwal district on August 13. The survey found that Jama Masjid, Hassanpur village, Hodal tehsil, in Palwal district, was partially damaged. The relief team has started the repair work of the mosque under the supervision of Masjid’s Imam Maulana Luqman Qasmi.

The teams also conducted a survey of another mosque in the nearby Village Rasoolpur, Tehsil Hodal, District Palwal, which was heavily damaged.

The mosque room of Imam was set on fire, the inner and outer walls of the mosque were broken and religious books were also vandalized. The team found that there was no Muslim house in the village and hence, the repair work of the mosque could not be started immediately in view of the current situation. The repair work would be started as soon as the situation returns to normal. The damage to the mosque is estimated to be around Rs. three lakh.

On August 14, the JUH team also inspected Jama Masjid, Kacha Bazar, Tehsil Tauru, District, Nuh.  It should be noted that since the riots broke out, the local administration and police officers were not allowing anyone to visit this mosque. So, the teams met the DSP there. After the discussion, he allowed four persons to visit the mosque. The team members found that the room of the mosque for Imam was set on fire, more than a dozen fans were broken and other things kept in the mosque were also burnt by miscreants. A pillar in the upper part of the mosque has also been severely damaged. The work of repairing and renovating this mosque has also started.

The important thing is that due to the efforts of the JUH delegation, permission was also given to establish regular prayers here. It is noteworthy that after the riots, the police and the administration had stopped people from offering prayers in the mosque.

The delegation has expressed deep sorrow over this ugly and inhuman act and has demanded the punishment to the culprits. In the town of Hasanpur, the delegation also met Chaman Bhai and Liaqat Bhai, whose shops were set on fire by the rioters.

It is worth mentioning that Jamiat Ulamai-Hind is also going to file a lawsuit in the Punjab and Haryana High Court for the compensation and rehabilitation of the damages caused by this criminal act.

Apart from this, JUH is also providing temporary financial help to the needy people and poor labourers whose main source of livelihood was snatched away.

The delegation of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind was led by Maulana Muhammad Haroon, president of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind, Haryana and Punjab. Maulana Muhammad  Khalid Qasmi, Nuh, Maulana Rashid, general secretary of JUH Rajasthan, Haji Ramzan Malab, president of Jamiat Ulama District Nuh, Maulana Hakimuddin Ashraf Sahab, Maulana Amjad Jamiat Ulama District Bharatpur, Maulana Ilyas Jamiat Ulama Tehsil Kama, Maulana Luqman Jamiat Ulama District Palwal, Shahabuddin Jamiat Ulama Gopa Lagadh, local Ulama of district Bharatpur and Imam Jama Masjid Tauru were also in the delegation.

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