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Is Namaz banned in Qutub Minar?

Recently the news is circulating on social media that says the ASI has banned the offering of Namaz on the Mughal Mosque located in the historic UNESCO World Heritage Qutub Minar complex, in the country’s capital. The information regarding the banning of the offering of Namaz was done by ASI, claimed Maulana Sher Mohammad, the Imam of the mosque.

 

However, the government gave a clarification to this. Senior officials said religious practices, protected by the ASI, are allowed to offer prayers on the premises of sites where worship is served from the time they took over. The official of the culture minister said that the policy of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) does not allow worship in non-living places. He said, “No recent order was issued. The ASI has in the past asked prayers be stopped as per the policy. The last such direction was sent some months ago.”

 

Last week, the controversy took place over reports that the Archeological Survey of India has been ordered to conduct excavations in the  Qutub Minar premises. In the heat of controversy, the culture minister G Kishan Reddy and several ASI officials visited the site and rumors started making rounds strongly.  However, the officials said that it was a regular routine visit. The ministry official clarified the reason for Mohan’s visit to the site. He said that the government is planning to set up an interpretation centre just like the one at the Red Fort. He also added that ASI is working to set up such centres at 500 monuments.

Earlier this month, the former Union culture ministry Prahlad Patel said that the Qutub Minar was built by destroying 27 temples. He also said that this was written by the people who committed this and not the ASI or government. Earlier, a Delhi court had ordered ASI that the two idols of Lord Ganesha will be removed from the Qutub Minar complex till further orders. 

The court’s decision came in response to a suit that was filed on behalf of Jain deity Tirthankar Lord Rishabh Dev. It claimed that Qutubuddin Aibak partly demolished the 27 temples and using the same material Quwwat-ul-Islam mosque was raised inside the site. 

A senior official said that the government is taking into consideration making a list of idols in Jain and Hindu temples around the mosque and displaying the sculptures found in Delhi’s Qutub Minar complex. He further said that the government has no plans to excavate the site or stop any religious practices. 

By TIS Staffer
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