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Muslims in Gurugram searched in vain for land for mosques long before the current confrontation with the namaz

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The community turned to the government. for five sites in five years for the allocation of land, but failed to obtain

Long before the controversy over the open-air Jumma Namaz (Friday prayer) offering erupted in the Millennium City in 2018, the Muslim community had realized the need for more mosques for their numbers. growing and to avoid inconvenience to residents.

Two trusts – the Islamic Research Center of India (IIRC) and the Muslim Minority Trust – had applied for five of the religious sites proposed by the Haryana government in 2016. A detailed brochure accompanying the application indicated how only nine mosques, including Anjuman Trust Masjid in Sector 57, had the total capacity to accommodate only 3,200 people. But they failed to get the land.

Again, amid protests raging across town over the namaz in the open this year, IIRC has requested the allocation of 1,627 m². plot in Sector 39 two months ago in response to an advertisement from Haryana Shehri Vikas Pradhikaran (HSVP). While confidence has yet to be officially communicated about the decision, one of the members present at the land award interview said they weren’t too optimistic this time around either.

‘Seven minutes’

“The interview was conducted by a committee headed by the divisional commissioner of Gurugram via video conference last month. However, the whole exercise ended in just seven minutes, ”said Altaf Ahmad, member of the Muslim Council in Gurgaon, who was part of a five-member committee of IIRC. attend the interview.

Their proposal, Mr Ahmad said, was for a multi-purpose hall for the community’s religious, educational and social activities. “We duly paid 10% of the cost of the land, around 18 lakh, as a deposit and produced the bank details for another 25%,” he said.

In accordance with the policy, normally two sites for religious or social institutions are provided in the development plan of each sector at different locations and requests for allocation of these at preferential rates are invited through newspaper ads. Requests are reviewed by a committee chaired by the relevant Deputy Commissioner and its recommendations are submitted to the HSVP meeting for approval. Institutions or trusts are required to complete construction within two years from the date of the offer of possession with a maximum extension of three years.

“Politically influenced”

A retired senior company official, who twice participated in the process as a member of the Muslim community, said members of their own community in government told them that the final decision of Allocation of land for religious sites, regardless of which party is in power, has been influenced politically.

“Whoever makes the decision, we are disappointed to learn that they do not support the community and it is repeated over and over again. In fact, the Muslim community across the country, and more so in northern India, appears to face a marked reluctance from the bureaucracy as well as political leaders, regardless of which party is in power, to allot land. for a mosque. It’s just a matter of degree in different dispensations. It has been going on for decades and seems stronger and more open now than before, ”the source said. The hindu.

He recalled how the land for the Sector 57 mosque was also awarded with “a great degree of difficulty and political influence” with two prominent political leaders from the community addressing the then Chief Minister, Om Prakash Chautala, in this regard. “The mosque is still caught in a legal entanglement with a case filed on the grounds that the allocated land was intended for other purposes and the area had little concentration of Muslims. The mosque is partially built with a stay on other constructions.

In 2016, the deposit for the sites was refunded a year later and community members were verbally informed that “the process has been canceled. This reason has not been officially communicated. It looks like the process actually took place and we were turned down, ”the source said.

Also this year, the community approached several political leaders prior to the interview for their support.

Mr Ahmad said the community urgently needed land for a mosque in New Gurgaon, largely comprising the southern and eastern municipal areas, not only for their religious activities, but also to present a better image to foreign visitors to the community. Muslim. They come to town for different purposes, including to seek treatment at Medanta Hospital, and usually visit the semi-built far away of Sector 57 Anjuman Trust Masjid and have a bad impression, he said.

“We hope the administration understands this, but we don’t have much hope this time around either. We are the largest minority community in the country, but there is discrimination against Muslims in Gurugram when it comes to allocating land for religious purposes. If that doesn’t work this time around, we will have no choice but to move the court to find land for a mosque, ”Ahmad said.