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Ramadhan gift to Muslims: Sikhs hand over mosque to Muslims in Punjab

By Sahafat Daily Correspondent

Translated from Urdu by New Age Islam Edit Desk

August 14, 2010

Ludhiana: A wave of jubilation ran among the Muslims of Punjab on the first day of Ramadhan when thanks to the efforts of the Majlis-e-Ahrar Islam, Hind the Sikhs of the village Mallan handed over the mosque which had been closed for the last 63 years to the Shahi Imam of Punjab, Maulana Habibur Rahman Sani Ludhiyanvi in a simple ceremony.

According to eye witnesses, when the caravan of the Shahi Imam of Punjab Maulana Habibur Rahman Sani Ludhianvi reached Mallan at 12.30 PM on the first day of Ramadhan, the joy of Muslims knew no bounds. The Sarpanch of the village Amar Singh handed over the mosque to the Shahi Imam. On the occasion, the Shahi Imam also felicitated the people of the Sikh community.

Addressing the gathering, the Shahi Imam said that he was thankful to God that with the blessings of the holy Prophet (PBUH), He took this service from them on the first day of Ramadhan. He further said that the mosque was in a very dilapidated condition and would be handed over to the Al Habib Charitable Trust for repair and renovation.

The Shahi Imam said that with the recovery of this mosque, the residents of the 10-12 Muslim houses in the village will now have the facility of offering namaz and observing other Islamic customs as until now the Muslims of this village offered their namaz in their homes. He especially commended the efforts of the President of Jagraun region, Md Rafi who played an important role in the recovery of the mosque.

He said that Majlis-e-Ahrar Islam had been constantly striving to recover mosques all over the Punjab with God’s help. The President of Bazme Habib Ghulam Hasan Qaiser, the Principal Secretary of Shahi Imam Md Mustaqeem Ahrari, and the Chairman of the Religious Affairs Committee of Punjab Waqf Board, Md Usman Ludhianvi were also present on the occasion. Mr Usman said that the services of Majlis Ahrar Islam in Punjab were undeniable.

He said that its efforts towards recovering old mosques and fighting the trial of Qadianiat in Punjab were commendable. He said that all the personnel of the Punjab government respect Shahi Imam, adding that the recovery of mosques under the leadership of Shahi Imam will go on.

He further said that they were grateful to the Sikh community for the handover of the mosque after discussions and praised their magnanimity. Mr Usman Ludhianvi said that Punjab Wakf Board was unable to aid the mosques in a big way due to paucity of funds at the moment. However, the mosques will get financial aid on a big scale the next year, he said.

Source: Sahafat, New Delhi