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Ayodhya: Support pours from Muslims, Hindus trusts for a new Ram Temple

  • Tirupathi Balaji Temple Trust to donate Rs.100 cr for Ram Temple, say media reports.
  • Patna’s Mahaveer Trust to donate Rs. 10 crore.
  • Assam’s two Muslim bodies also support the SC verdict.

New Delhi: After the Supreme Court’s recent historic judgment in the Ayodhya case, support from across India has begun to pour in for construction of a majestic Temple of Lord Ram.

A model of the proposed Lord Ram Temple to be built in Ayodhya.

And this support comes even from some Muslims, including original litigants in the case, and other bodies.

The apex court had, on November 9, pronounced that the entire disputed land, measuring 2.77 acres in Ayodhya, be handed over to the deity Ram Lalla, and the Muslims be given an alternate 5-acre plot of land at an appropriate site in the town. The Centre was directed to constitute a trust within three months for implementation of the verdict.

Media reports said the world-famous Tirupathi Balaji Temple Trust in Andhra Pradesh will donate Rs. 100 crore for the construction of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya. Similarly, the Mahavir Temple in Patna will donate Rs.10 crore.

Reports from Guwahati said an umbrella organisation of 21 indigenous Muslim communities of Assam has also offered Rs 5 lakh for the construction of the Ram Temple.

Known as Janagusthiya Samonnoy Parishad Assam (JSPA), a conglomeration of indigenous Muslim bodies, announced a donation of Rs 5 lakh for the construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya.

Welcoming the Supreme Court judgment for removing hurdles in the construction of the Ram Temple, Mominul Awal, Parishad’s chief convenor and Chairman of Assam Minorities Development Board, said the funds will be sent to the trust being formed for the construction of Ram Temple.

JSPA represents Garia, Maria, Deshi, Jalha, Maimal and Kachari Muslims whose ancestors converted to Islam from different ethnic groups of the state.

“We are happy with the historic judgment and we will donate Rs 5 lakh because we want to be part of this decision that will further strengthen the spirit of unity and harmony in the country,” said JSPA leader Syed Muminul Awal, who is also a senior BJP spokesperson.

After the verdict, a minority-based political party of Assam, All India United Democratic Front, led by Moulana Badaruddin Ajmal, had also honoured the judgment and appealed to people to maintain peace and refrain from making any inflammatory comments on the social media.

Meanwhile, the perplexed Muslim leadership in the country appeared to be vertically split on whether to accept the five-acre plot of land or not. While the two litigants in the case, UP Sunni Waqf Board and Iqbal Ansari, supported the SC’s judgment and announced not to go in for a review, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIPLMB), which had nothing to do with the case, is insisting on a review, claiming ‘injustice’ was done to the Muslims.

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