Ayodhya is set to emerge as a unique symbol of communal amity: we saw active participation of Muslims, including two litigants in ‘bhoomi pujan’, and now Hindus are coming forward for contributing to the mosque construction,” said an IICF member on condition of anonymity.
The Supreme Court, in its November 9, 2019 verdict, directed the state government to identify and allot 5-acre land to the UP Sunni Central Waqf Board for building a mosque in Ayodhya.
The UP government complied with the order in February 2020 and allocated the land to UPSCWB in Dhannipur village.
The Ayodhya district administration handed over the land to IICF on Aug 2, three days before the ground-breaking ceremony of Ram temple.
The trust members would soon visit the village for the demarcation of the area.
According to IICF sources, the trust is in the process of completing bank formalities for having an account and has also applied for a PAN.
“There will not be a dearth of funds for the development of the mosque and the additional facilities,” said the member.
The IICF has already opened an office in Lucknow. The trust is also in the process of launching a portal by next week to accept donations. Foreign contributions may have to wait for procedural clearances.
The trust claims support of all sections, especially young Muslims.
The IICF trustees, meanwhile, are expected to finalize the architect to prepare a design as the facility complex would also have a community kitchen.
LUCKNOW: Most of the calls encouraging construction of a mosque as ordered by the Supreme Court are from Hindus, according to sources in a trust formed by the UP Sunni Central Waqf Board (UPSCWB), which has been allotted the 5-acre alternative site as per the Ayodhya verdict.
The UPSCWB had on July 29 announced the formation of the Indo-Islamic Cultural Foundation (IIFC) tasked to develop the land in Dhannipur village under the district limits of Ayodhya, 20 km from Ramjanmabhoomi premises.
IICF sources said a lot of Hindus are offering to contribute to the mosque construction and development of other infrastructure facilities.
“Of the total calls we have received from across the globe showing willingness to contribute to the mosque construction, 60 per cent are Hindus,” said a source.
its verdict on November 9, the Supreme Court paved the way for the construction of a Ram temple by a trust at the disputed site in Ayodhya and directed the Centre to allot an alternative 5-acre plot to the Sunni Waqf Board for building a new mosque at a “prominent” place in the holy town. The task of the construction of the Ram Temple was subsequently undertaken by Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra trust. The temple is designed by the Sompura family of Gujarat. The chief architect of the temple is Chandrakant Sompura along with his two sons Nikhil and Ashish Sompura. The Sompuras have been designed over 100 temples all over the world for at least 15 generations.. The temple will be 235 feet wide, 360 feet long and 160 feet high. The design — originally prepared in 1989 — by the 80-year-old architect had three domes and a height (ground to the dome) of 130-odd feet. In the new design, the temple will now have five domes and its height will be 160 feet. The temple complex will have a prayer hall, a Ramkatha Kunj (lecture hall), a Vaidik Pathshala (educational facility), a Sant Niwas (saints residence) and a Yatri Niwas (hostel for visitors). The complex will also have a museum and other public utilities. Once complete, the temple complex will be the world’s third-largest Hindu shrine. It will require 250 artists every day to work at the temple which would take two to three years to complete. Over 2 lakh bricks (shilas) inscribed with the words ‘Sri Ram’ in various languages collected over three decades from across country will form the foundation of the temple. The bricks which carry inscriptions in various languages, including Gujarati, Bengali, Tamil and Telugu, were collected from villages and homes across India in 1989. Some bricks were sent from as far as Canada and China too. On the occasion of the groundbreaking ceremony, soil and holy water from several religious places across India would be collected and used during the ceremony. The soil was also sent from various temples, gurdwaras and Jain temples across the nation and four pilgrimage locations of Char Dham. Following the demolition of Babri Masjid in 1992 and years of intensely fought battles in various Indian courts, the Supreme Court in December 2019 decided that the disputed land be handed over to a trust formed by the government. The trust formed was Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra.