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Opening of Kashi Vishwanath Dham dispels doubts over Gyanvapi mosque’s security | Varanasi News

Opening of Kashi Vishwanath Dham dispels doubts over Gyanvapi mosque's security | Varanasi News

VARANASI: The apprehension in some quarters of the local Muslim community regarding the security and safety of Gyanvapi mosque, which is situated adjacent to the Kashi Vishwanath Temple, seemingly disappeared with the opening of the grand Shri Kashi Vishwanath Dham by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday.
When the opening ceremony was in progress on Monday, the local Muslims were offering namaz at the Gyanvapi mosque in a peaceful environment.
“It is true that in the beginning of the construction of Kashi Vishwanath Dham, there were some apprehensions among us regarding the security of Gyanvapi mosque. But now all the doubts have gone away… there is no apprehension now and we are quite confident about the safety of the mosque,” SM Yaseen of the Anjuman Intezamiya Masajid, an administrative body of Gyanvapi mosque, told TOI on Tuesday.
Before the construction of the corridor had started, Yaseen gave a statement in the media expressing fear about the safety of the mosque. “At that time the situation was quite different because we had no clear picture of the project. But our doubts started disappearing with the progress of the project in a transparent manner,” said Yaseen.
“We wholeheartedly welcome the construction of Kashi Vishwanath Dham because the best thing that happened is that both Hindus and Muslims got convenience,” he said adding that earlier there were narrow lanes leading to the temple and devotees had to stand in the queues for hours. Now there will be no such problem.
“There is a fixed time for offering namaz in the mosque. We used to feel very bad at that time when the temple going devotees were stopped and the Muslims were allowed to go to the mosque due to the only way existing there. In such a situation, the hearts of the devotees standing in the queue for hours must have been hurt. But now it will not happen,” he said, adding that the Muslims are equally happy with the construction of Kashi Vishwanath Dham.
Regarding the land dispute between the Gyanvapi mosque and Kashi Vishwanath temple, Yaseen said that it is not a matter of grave concern, as such things happen in the society. “The matter is in the court, and we are fighting the case. But it does not mean that it will spoil the unique communal harmony of Kashi,” he argued.
Recently, the Allahabad high court on September 9 stayed a Varanasi court’s order dated April 8, 2021, which had directed the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to “conduct a comprehensive physical survey” of the Kashi Vishwanath Temple (KVT)-Gyanvapi mosque complex and further proceedings of this case.
The civil judge (senior division), fast-track court (FTC) of Varanasi on April 8, 2021, had directed the ASI to conduct a survey of KVT-Gyanvapi mosque complex in order to find out whether a temple was demolished to build the mosque that stands adjacent to the temple. In two separate petitions, UP Sunni Central Waqf Board and Anjuman Intezamia Masjid, Varanasi had challenged the said order of the Varanasi court in the high court.

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