Amid growing opposition to Juma Namaz openly by right-wing Hindu groups, the Muslim community is focused on eliminating encroachments on about two dozen Wakf Board properties in the district with help from the local administration , and the acquisition of institutional land from the government for the construction of a mosque.
âAbout two dozen Waqf Board properties are idle due to encroachment or opposition from residents of the district. The exact number of properties could be even higher. We are seeking details from the Waqf Board of Directors on this matter. Some of these properties, especially those of New Gurugram, could be used to offer Juma Namaz, âsaid Altaf Ahmad, co-founder of the Gurgaon Muslim Council.
The council is now in the process of carrying out a detailed analysis of the type of structures and encroachments on these Waqf Board properties, their exact locations and the property claims made to them.
âSince the urgent need for land for Juma Namaz is in New Gurugram, we are focusing on properties in this part of town. According to local Muslim religious leaders, there are five sites with remains of mosques in the village of Jharsa near Rajiv Chowk. Additionally, there are a few partially encroached plots, including a large parcel of graveyard land, in and around Sector 40. Some of these properties, if clear of any encroachment, can be used as a gift. namazMr. Ahmad said.
Fear of attacks
Maulana Abdul Hasib said that not all of the mosque sites in Jharsa were overrun by locals, but fear of a backlash from locals prevented them from detaining Juma Namaz at these sites.
âThese mosque sites range from 1,000 square feet to around 10,000 square feet and are large enough to accommodate large numbers of worshipers. But a few of these sites are buried deep within the village and there is a fear of backlash. Likewise, a 10,000 square foot cemetery land with the remains of only two cemeteries in Sector 40 could also be used to offer namaz. I spoke to a few locals and put their trust in it. We could organize a Juma Namaz at this site in the coming weeks. Since these sites are closer to the places that have experienced opposition to Juma Namaz, this may help solve the problem to some extent, âsaid Maulana Hasib.
Mr Ahmad said the board worked in tandem with the Waqf Board since the properties belonged to it.
The Waqf board handed over the list of 19 mosques / properties in Gurugram to the local administration three years ago, seeking help in clearing the encroachment following opposition to the Gurugram offer. namaz in the great outdoors for the first time.
According to the list, seven mosques were invaded in the villages of Wazirabad, Daulatpur-Nasriabad, Dhankot, Naurganpur, Jharsa, Badshahpur and Farrukhnagar. Likewise, six mosques were not used to offer prayers in the villages of Bhondsi, Khurampur, Dhankot, Meoka and Garhi Harsaru due to alleged opposition from the local population. Attempts to build a mosque on the Waqf Board plots in Jharsa, Jharsa-Fazilpur, Naurangpur and Meoka were thwarted by locals.
Gurugram Waqf board real estate agent Jamaluddin said The Hindu that no progress could be made on the matter even after three years and that the properties were still encroached upon.
âThe High Court of Punjab and Haryana ordered Haryana Shehri Vikas Pradhikaran to provide alternative land to the Council in exchange for more than two acres of land acquired by them in the village of Chauma in Palam Vihar. We wrote to the administration about this as well three years ago, but no action has been taken. We have now filed a contempt of court plea in this matter, âsaid Jamaluddin.
Council members also have a meeting scheduled with the district administration next Tuesday for a mosque site as part of government policy for institutional land allocation. âThe proposed land is located in Sector 39 and a mosque can accommodate a large population of worshipers in and around this area showing opposition to namazMr. Ahmad said.