|arya||Date: Sunday, 15-July-2012, 9:24 PM | Message # 1|
|NEW DELHI: The discovery of Mughal-era ruins near Jama Masjid drew thousands of worshippers to the site on Friday. Delhi Police said close to 9,000 people offered namaaz at the site, believed to contain remains of the 17th-century Akbarabadi Masjid that was demolished by the British after the Revolt of 1857. |
Police said members of the Muslim community led by Matia Mahal MLA Shoaib Iqbal took ownership of the remains and initiated steps to repair and preserve them. "This mosque is associated with the freedom movement of 1857. People used to gather here and plan strategies against the British rule. On Friday, people offered prayers here after 155 years. Delhi Police and the administration, too, supported us. We will erect makeshift shades to protect people from the rain while offering namaaz," Iqbal said.
He added that Friday prayers will be regularly offered henceforth.
Meanwhile, DMRC officials said that the place where namaaz was offered was some distance away from the location where they were constructing the underground station for Jama Masjid and their work would continue.
The Archaeological Survey of India, too, hasn't intervened yet apart from confirming last week that the ruins belong to the Mughal Age. They have, however, not confirmed if these belong to the lost mosque.
Full article/source - http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-07....ue-site