Dehli High Court Denies Long Night Shab-e-Barat Prayers at Akhoondji Mosque

Dehli High Court Denies Long Night Shab-e-Barat Prayers at Akhoondji Mosque



Dehli High Court Denies Long Night Shab-e-Barat Prayers at Akhoondji Mosque: On February 23rd, the Delhi High Court said no to allowing prayers at the recently destroyed ‘Akhoondji mosque’ and the nearby graveyard in Mehrauli during ‘Shab-e-Barat’ (the 15th night of the eighth month in the Islamic calendar). On this night, Muslims pray to Allah, asking for forgiveness for their own sins and the wrongs committed by their ancestors.

 

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Explore what happens legally and emotionally after the Delhi High Court rejects a request to allow prayers at the demolished Akhoondji Masjid. Focus on how this decision involves the intersection of religious beliefs, cultural heritage, and city development in the capital of India.

Dehli High Court Denies Long Night Shab-e-Barat Prayers at Akhoondji Mosque
Dehli High Court Denies Long Night Shab-e-Barat Prayers at Akhoondji Mosque

Dehli High Court Denies Long Night Shab-e-Barat Prayers at Akhoondji Mosque

In a city with a long history, the recent tearing down of the Akhoondji Masjid in Mehrauli, Delhi, has led to a complicated legal and cultural conflict. The Delhi High Court’s decision to reject a plea allowing people to pray at their family members’ graves on this disputed site, especially during the important night of ‘Shab-e-Barat,’ highlights the complex mix of faith, heritage, and city development. This unfolding story is in the center of India’s capital, where the past and the future are constantly in a struggle.

A judge named Justice Purushaindra Kumar Kaurav, after considering a request from the Delhi Waqf Board managing committee, noted that the court had ordered the site to stay as it is. Currently, the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) has control over the location. The Behrul Uloom Madrasa and the ‘Akhoondji mosque,’ believed to be more than 600 years old, were demolished by the government on January 30th as they were considered unauthorized structures in the Sanjay Van area. The DDA stated that the mosque was built during the Delhi Sultanate era.

Dehli High Court Denies Long Night Shab-e-Barat Prayers at Akhoondji Mosque: On February 5, the high court told the DDA to keep things as they were at the spot where the mosque used to be. The Waqf Board says the mosque’s demolition is against the law, but the DDA defends itself, claiming the mosque was taken down based on the religious committee’s suggestion on January 4. The CEO of the Delhi Waqf Board had a chance to speak in front of the religious committee before they made this decision. However, the person who filed the petition argues that the religious committee doesn’t have the authority to order the demolition.

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