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Published On:20 November 2012
Posted by Indian Muslim Observer

Why are Muslim Leaders Silent as Hyderabad Muslims Face a Crisis?

By Kaleem Kawaja

The recent attempt to expand and legitimize a so called Baghyalaksmi Hindu temple, contiguous to the walls of the renowned Char Minar monument in Hyderabad, is a nasty trick of the communalists. The Muslims of UP and Bihar are very familiar with such tricks. The ancient Muslim monuments and graveyards built by erstwhile Muslim kings have been subjected to this trick often. Their objective is to illegally grab the land and property that belongs to Muslim waqfs, established centuries ago.

In many such Muslim community public places the communalists secretly installed on contiguous sidewalks or land, small idols of Hindu gods or even a pipal tree in the middle of the night. Then they start praying at it and soon a throng collects. This is how many a Muslim qabristans, lands of mosques, dargahs and madrasas were grabbed. Overnight the communalists buried a small statue in the land and then with police protection claimed that it was a Hindu temple that some Muslim king demolished to build a graveyard or mosque or madrasa.


We all remember how the communalists placed a idol in the ancient Babri mosque in Ayodhya and then claimed that it was Ram Janambhoomi that Akbar's general demolished to build the mosque. Soon enough they created a major problem for the Muslim community with devastating consequences.

In my hometown in UP, I have come across many such small temples built on the footpath adjacent to an ancient mosque or Muslim monument. And then the anti-Muslim forces started playing their nefarious games.

Many a dargahs in Gujarat, Maharashtra, UP, Bihar have been subjected to such wild tricks. The anti-Muslim forces declared those long dead Sufi Muslim saints as Hindu leaders of the past. Several monuments built by Sher Shah Suri in Bihar have thus fallen to the tricks of anti-Muslim forces.

That is why I fully support the alarm felt by the Muslims of Hyderabad and the Majlis Ittihad Muslimeen, and their loud protests. What is very strange is that other Muslim leaders notably in North India and West India are silent as the controversy rages. Muslims in various places in India have to realize that they must support other Muslims in far away locations, whose monuments and public properties and lands are being subjected to grabbing by other people, surreptisously building small temples next to them and then calling it a historical temple. The objective of the communalists is also to create tension between Muslims and Hindus and spread hatred in the minds of Hindus against Muslims.

As far as the government, police, political parties and politicians are concerned, our experience shows that in 65 years as a large number of Muslim monuments and their lands have been grabbed, these parties have either abetted with those crimes or have remained silent spectators. This is where we have to rely on our own community's strength. I urge all Muslim groups and leaders to not remain silent, and speak up against this latest monstrosity and join hands with the Muslim leaders in Hyderabad to put an end to this nefarious conspiracy. Let us make sure that the communalists are not allowed to rewrite history and victimize grand historical monuments like Char Minar that our ancestor Muslim rulers built all over the country in a sojourn of the thousand year era of the Muslims of Hindustan.

[Kaleem Kawaja is a community activist based at Washington DC. He can be contacted at: kaleemkawaja@gmail.com]

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3 comments for "Why are Muslim Leaders Silent as Hyderabad Muslims Face a Crisis?"

  1. Bloody katue,dont you read history properly.....if you do, you would you the real truth that temples were destroyed to make mosques.You are bastard muslim.

  2. U r an idiot .islam is not indian religion and most of the muslim in india was converted forcefully.charminar tajmahal are ancient hindu temple

  3. Muslim rulers destroyed many Hindu temples and created mosques on the top and Bhagyalakshmi temple is one of them.

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