India Refused Muslims To Offer Prayer In Taj Mahal Mosque
India Refused Muslims To Offer Prayer In Taj Mahal Mosque: The Supreme Court on Monday refused Muslims to offer namaz at the mosque of Taj Mahal stating that the monument’s preservation is of utmost importance.
According to the court, the historic Taj Mahal is one of the seven wonders of the world and must be preserved. It thus observed that there shouldn’t be any prayers performed at the monument.
The court’s judgment is only applicable to outsiders and not locals as for now.
On January 24 this year, the district administration ordered that only locals having valid identities will be granted entry to the monument complex to perform prayers on Fridays.
Later, a petitioner had moved the SC against the district magistrate order.
Following this, the district administration instructed locals to carry identity cards with them on Fridays to prove they are citizens of Agra.
The administration’s move came following complaints that “outsiders” including Bangladeshis and non Indians enter the Taj Mahal complex on the pretext of offering namaz.
“Now, we will allow only residents of Agra city to offer namaz at the mosque located inside the Taj Mahal complex,” said Agra district magistrate Guarav Dayal.
The apex court said that the Taj Mahal is one of the Seven Wonders of the World and it must be preserved, adding that there is no need to perform prayers at the Taj Mahal.
On 24 January this year, the district administration ordered that only locals with valid identity proof will be allowed to enter the monument complex to offer ‘namaz’ on Friday. The administration took this action to ensure foolproof security to the Taj Mahal.
The district magistrate order was challenged in the top court by a petitioner. The court held the magistrate order citing the preservation of the monuments.
The district administration also issued order that people entering the premises of the Taj for offering prayers on Fridays will have to show their identity cards in order to prove that they are residents of Agra. The Taj Mahal remains closed for tourists on Fridays.
The administration’s orders came after it received the complaints that ‘outsider’ enter the Taj Mahal complex on Fridays on the pretext of offering ‘namaz’.
Similar orders were issued in 2013 by the Archaeological Survey of India but these were not implemented properly, said an official.
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