‘Robbing Muslims of Dignity Only Goal’ – Says Asaduddin Owaisi on Mathura Mosque Survey
In response to the Allahabad High Court’s decision permitting a survey of Mathura’s Shahi Idgah complex, AIMIM MP Asaduddin Owaisi expressed his concern, stating that the sole objective now is to strip Muslims of their dignity. Owaisi, in an extensive post on X, emphasized, “Please refrain from advocating ‘give and take’ when one side is consistently targeting Muslims. The legal framework seems irrelevant now; the sole aim is to undermine the dignity of Muslims.”
“After the judgment on Babri Masjid, I had forewarned that it would embolden the mischievous activities of the Sangh Parivar. This is happening despite the Places of Worship Act explicitly prohibiting such litigations,” Owaisi remarked. Accusing a new group of “stirring these disputes,” the AIMIM leader asserted, “The Mathura dispute was amicably settled decades ago through mutual agreement between the Masjid Committee and the temple’s Trust.”
The Allahabad High Court, on Thursday, granted permission for the initial survey of the Shahi Idgah complex, adjacent to the Shri Krishna Janmabhoomi Temple in Mathura. This survey will be conducted by a court-monitored three-member team of advocate commissioners, with the specifics to be decided on December 18 when the court resumes the hearing. Owaisi remarked, “Whether it is Kashi, Mathura, or Lucknow’s Tiley Wali Masjid, it’s the same group. The agreement, settled in a court of law, can be examined here.”
“Although the Places of Worship Act remains in effect, this group has brazenly disregarded both the law and the judicial process. The Supreme Court was scheduled to hear this matter on January 9, so why the haste to order a survey?” he questioned further. The Hindu side contends that the Idgah mosque was constructed by Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb by demolishing a temple on 13.37 acres of Lord Krishna’s birthplace.
The original suit is pending before the High Court, with 17 suits in total awaiting resolution, seeking a declaration that the disputed land, where the Shahi Eidgah Mosque is located, belongs to the deity Lord Shri Krishna Virajman. Additionally, these suits seek a directive for the defendant to remove the mosque.