A Muslim man has been targeted in Ayodhya for raising the slogan ‘Jai Shri Ram’ during a havan programme. Haji Saeed had raised the slogan during a havan performed by saints in Ayodhya on September 1 to pray for the early construction of Ram Temple.
However, the move did not go down well with Muslim clerics and Haji Saeed was forced to apologise at a mosque. As per details available, an imam made Haji Saeed apologise inside the mosque, for saying ‘Jai Shri Ram’. He was also made to do tauba (regret) and made to swear against a repetition of the incident. A video of that incident has gone viral.
It may be noted that it was not just Haji Saeed who raised the slogan but many other Muslim youths and women had participated in the havan held at Ayodhya. However, Haji Saeed not just ostracised by his community members but was also threatened by radicals.
"I had gone to the event organised by the RSS. I said 'Jai Shri Ram' and something about the Ayodhya temple. My community members became angry with me over it. I had to leave the town for a while. When I returned, I started getting threats. One day, when I came out after offering namaz at Wazeerganj mosque, two people came and asked me not to come to the mosque to pray. I walked away quietly. Then at another place some people pointed at me and kept saying 'he was the one'. They were ready to pick a fight but I left,” Haji Saeed said.
Reacting to the development, Iqbal Ansari, a litigant in the Ayodhya dispute case, has come out in support of Haji Saeed. Ansari said all individuals are at liberty to practice a faith of their choice. A Muslim does not get converted if he shows respect to Gods from other faith, he added.
Shiv Sena leader Santosh Dubey also commented on the matter and said those who forced Haji Saeed to apologise for saying ‘Jai Shri Ram’ must be booked and charged with NSA.
It may be noted that on November 9, the Supreme Court delivered its verdict in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case.
The court ruled in favour of the deity Ram Lalla Virajman and allotted the 2.77 acre disputed land to it. The possession of the land has for now been given to a receiver of the Central government.
The court ordered the Centre to set up a trust within three months of the verdict, which will take charge of the construction of the temple on the Ayodhya land. It further directed the government to allot a 5-acre land to the Muslim side at a prominent place in Ayodhya, to build a new mosque.