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Encroachers take over heritage mosques, bar visitors

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Qasai Wala Gumbad, the only Tughlaq-era mosque with a hemispherical dome, on Muradabad Pahadi in south Delhi’s Vasant Vihar is a heavily encroached heritage structure. It is a unique construction mainly because two mosques – one a Tughlaq-era mosque and other a Lodi-era mosque – stand adjacent to each other .Deep inside a park, few meters away from the Vasant Vihar Club, exist the two mosques. A huge gate, guarded by young kids, and a long pavement takes one towards the two marvelous white structures. One of these mosques is now used as a madrasah, known as Abdul Mannan Academy, where over 100 kids stay and study.The two beautiful structures are encroached and nobody is allowed inside the main gate, except on Thursdays when people visit the Dargah, which is just next to the two mosques. Few people visit Dargah of Syed Murad Ali Baba Shah here on Thursdays for prayers. There is very limited access to the mosques as the structures are under the control of a religious organisation, that does not allow outsiders here, not even students’ parents.When DNA visited the heritage structures, several questions were asked at the gate and the reporter was strictly asked to not take any pictures and leave within five minutes.”We do not even let in parents of over 100 madrasah students. The Archaeological Department is eyeing our mosque and a case is going on. This is our land,”says Mohammad Feroze, caretaker of one of the structures.Because of the encroachment, many Delhiites, even the historians, and locals living in the area are unaware of one of the Capitals’s beautiful heritage.”I have always been fascinated with these two mosques and visited on a Thursday when many local women go to the dargah. But the caretakers inside recognised me as an outsider with my camera, and asked me to leave that very moment,”said Vikramjit Singh Rooprai, Heritage activist.”These structures have so much potential due to their dual history and location, the government should do something about opening them to the public,”he adds.Inside the premises exists Delhi’s largest Baoli, or step-well, which has been taken over by the mosque authorities. Visits to either the mosque or the step-well are prohibited. The step-well is crumbling, struggling to retain its identity due to the neglect.”Also, these structures are under the flight path i.e. close to a runway and planes pass over these mosques, an area like this should be accessible to security and police, if it is not to the public,” adds Rooprai.

Kishangarh Airport a boon for patients

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The starting of Kishangarh Airport has opened up new vistas in medical treatment of the people living in Ajmer and nearby places.It has been a little more than 20 days, that the airport was inaugurated and by now, four air ambulances have already landed and picked up patients from Kishangarh airport. On Friday, a patient was flown to Delhi in 30-45 minutes with the help of air ambulance, informed Airport Director, Ashok Kapoor speaking to DNA.“Four air ambulances have come till now, medical facility in Delhi can be availed in very less time by people using this airport,” Kapoor said. It is being considered as yet another advantage of increasing regional air connectivity in the state.On Wednesday, a french tourist who had come to Pushkar fair had fallen ill. He was flown to Delhi for treatment in a hospital after an air ambulance was called at the Kishangarh Airport.In last few days, it is not only the foreign tourists who have benefited from this service, but locals also have been able to get the benefit. Recently, a business family from Ajmer who suffered injury in an accident also used the air ambulance service . While a third ambulance is said to have flown from Mumbai, the airport at Kishangarh was being considered as a boon for tourism sector as it will bring in tourists for Pushkar or for religious tourism at Dargah in Ajmer. However, getting quick medical advise is also now coming up as important benefit for the people of the region .The scheduled airlines are yet to start from this airport and process is underway, informed sources. Though the unscheduled flights have started coming in at the airport now.Air ambulancesIt has been a little more than 20 days, that the airport was inaugurated and by now, four air ambulances have already landed and picked up patients from Kishangarh airport. As such, medical facility in Delhi can be availed in very less time by people using this airport.

After Triple Talaq judgment, UP madrassas to teach ‘correct Islamic process of giving talaq’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A week after the landmark Supreme Court judgment banning instant talaq, a prominent Sunni sect has decided to teach young Muslims about correct Islamic process of giving divorce.In a step that can be seen as a major reform, the Barelvi sect of Islam has decided to include Triple Talaq (talaq-e-sunnat) in its curriculum.It should be noted that the top court had banned the instant talaq or talaq-e-biddat.Mufti Kafeel Hashmi, head of Darul Ifta Manjare-e-Islam of Bareilly’s Dargah-e-Ala Hazrat said the Holy Quran and Hadis have laid down certain processes for pronouncing triple talaq but, unfortunately, in the absence of proper knowledge it was being grossly misused in the form of instant talaq or talaq-e-biddat.“To remove these doubts prevailing in the minds of Muslim students, Bareilvi sect has decided to include talaq in the curriculum of madrassas run by it all over the country,” the Mufti said.Mufti Hashmi is of the view that if students are taught at madrassa level about the mandatory provisions laid down in Islam about talaq then no controversy would ever surface as Muslims will strictly follow the guidelines given in Islam.The religious head of the Barelvi sect said he was drafting the new curriculum on Triple Talaq as per mandatory provisions given in the Holy Quran and Hadis.The Mufti said Dargah-e-Ala Hazrat will soon issue a circular to all madrassas run by the sect.The highest body of the Barelvi sect in the country will also release a helpline number for those who wants to seek advice on the correct process of talaq.All madrassas will also be directed to discuss the issue with parents during parent-teacher meetings and educate them about the talaq-e-biddat, the correct Islamic process of giving talaq in cases where it was difficult for husband to live further with wife due to continued strained marital relations.On Supreme Court verdict, Mufti said that there was no need for any court to interfere in “our religious laws” but since Triple Talaq was not being followed correctly by few Muslims, the Supreme Court had to intervene and put a ban on it.“We have to keep our house in order first to thwart any attempt from any corner to interfere in our religious matters,” he pointed.

SC seeks beautification plan for Haji Ali, orders execution

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court today asked the authorities to take a final decision on the beautification plan of the historic Haji Ali Dargah campus and its surroundings in south Mumbai and execute it by the year end. The apex court, which had earlier saved some illegal portion of Kinara Masjid built on the approach road to the Dargah from being razed, asked the state government to decide on the plea “one way or the other” and sought its regularisation before October 4, the next date of hearing. Referring to the proposed beautification pathway of the Dargah campus and its surroundings, a bench of Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justice D Y Chandrachud said, “the same needs consideration at the hands of the concerned authorities. “We therefore hereby direct that the Collector of Bombay shall convene a meeting of all concerned stake holders and authorities on September 04 and take a final decision, accepting the proposed beautification plan as it is or with modifications as may be considered appropriate, or even a fresh/new beautification plan within three weeks of holding the first meeting (on September 04).” The court said that on the next date of hearing, the finally approved plan be placed before it along with an affidavit indicating the time within which the beautification plan will be implemented. “We hope and expect that the implementation of the beautification plan will be carried out, under all circumstances, before December 31, 2017, so that the visitors to the Haji Ali Dargah in the new year will experience the efforts of all concerned in upgrading the existing structure and its environment,” it said. At the outset, the bench considered the response of the Maharashtra government on the steps taken to remove squatters from the area near the dargah. The government said that it has removed the squatters and now six illegal structures remain to be demolished as they are protected by the orders of some competent authorities. “With reference to the above six remaining structures,… we consider it just and appropriate to require the concerned Court/authority to dispose of the pending matters finally, one way or the other. “To seek expeditious disposal, liberty is granted to the official respondents in the concerned cases to move an appropriate application along with a copy of the instant petition. We hope and expect that all the pending matters will be disposed of within two months from today,” it said. When it was pointed out that one of the alleged encroachers has moved the Bombay High Court, the apex court said the state government will place its order before the HC that no court, except it, can pass any interim order pertaining to removal of squatters. The court had earlier taken note of the notice issued on March 22 of Deputy Collector Encroachment Removal in which it was said that the area under encroachment was 908 square metres. The apex court, on July 3, had given the last opportunity to the Maharashtra government to remove squatters from the 908 square metre area earmarked in the HC order and warned that non-compliance would follow serious consequences. The direction to the Mumbai civic body on the removal of encroachments was passed after the HADT, which had volunteered to remove the encroachments, expressed inability in removing the squatters from an area of about 500 square metres. The Haji Ali Dargah was constructed in 1431 in the memory of a wealthy Muslim merchant, Sayyed Peer Haji Ali Shah Bukhari, who gave up all his possessions before making a pilgrimage to Mecca. The High Court had ordered the formation of a joint task force comprising the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai and the Collector to remove the illegal encroachments on the approach road leading to the Haji Ali Dargah. The High Court was hearing a petition filed by Sahayak, a socio-legal and educational forum, seeking immediate removal of the encroachments on the approach road to the dargah which is located on the sea. The Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai was of the view that the land on the approach road to Haji Ali fell in the Collector’s jurisdiction and therefore the Collector should remove the encroachments.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

SC to hear Haji Ali Dargah trust case today

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Supreme Court will today hear the Haji Ali Dargah trust case, regarding demolition of encroachments around the area. In its earlier hearing, the apex court on July 28 asked the Maharashtra Government to apprise it within two weeks about the progress made by it in demolishing encroachments near the Haji Ali Shrine. The Supreme Court on July 14 allowed Haji Ali Dargah’s trust to file a plea for regularisation of Kinara mosque with the Maharashtra Government. In a u-turn, the apex court ordered protection of Kinara Mosque near Haji Ali, a portion of which was facing demolition as it was an encroachment. Just three days back, the top court had refused the Maharashtra Government’s plea for stay on Kinara Mosque demolition on the same ground. The apex court had also asked the Maharashtra Government to decide the regularisation application within a week and stayed demolition of Kinara mosque till then. On July 3, the apex court granted the Maharashtra Government two weeks time to remove the encroachments from the approaching roads leading to Mumbai’s Haji Ali Dargah. The apex court, earlier in Apri,l asked the Haji Ali Dargah Trust to demolish all encroachments in and around the Dargah, excluding the mosque standing on 171 sq metres area. A bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Jagdish Singh Khehar passed the interim order after hearing a plea filed by the petitioner, Haji Ali dargah trust which told the court that the encroachment portion should be removed. The apex court also in its order said that no court shall grant any injunction on the removal of the alleged encroachments, adding that if any party wanted some modification of the court order, it can certainly move to this court.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

31 unauthorised structures near Haji Ali demolished: Maha govt

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Maharashtra government today told the Supreme Court that 31 unauthorised structures near the historic Haji Ali shrine in Mumbai have been removed, clearing around 332.89 square metres of encroached area. In an affidavit, it said six structures near the shrine were still to be demolished as the Bombay High Court had ordered status-quo in the matters concerning four such structures. Regarding the two remaining structures which had not been demolished yet, the state government said these were situated on lease land, but the collector had issued show cause notices to the original licensees asking them as to why the encroachments should not be removed. It also said that the process to get these structures removed was on. “Thirty-one unauthorised structures have been removed. The total encroached area of approximately 332.89 square metres has been cleared,” the state government told the apex court in the affidavit filed through advocate Nishant R Katneshwarkar. The affidavit was filed in pursuance to the July 28 directive of a bench, headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar, which had asked the Maharashtra government to apprise it within two weeks about the progress made by it in demolishing the encroachments near the shrine. The court had also asked the Haji Ali Dargah Trust (HADT) to seize the opportunity to beautify the shrine by offering help in removal of the encroachments. The apex court had earlier warned the state government of serious consequences if squatters from a 908-square metre area near the shrine were not removed in two weeks. It had said that the encroachments have to be removed within two weeks from July 3 from the 908-square metre area earmarked in the Bombay High Court order. The direction to a Mumbai civic body had come as the HADT, which had volunteered to remove the encroachments, had expressed inability in getting the encroachments evicted from an area of about 500 square metres. The HADT had on April 13 agreed to remove encroachments on its own by May 8 and was later given some more time to remove the squatters. The Haji Ali Dargah was constructed in 1431 in the memory of a wealthy Muslim merchant, Sayyed Peer Haji Ali Shah Bukhari, who gave up all his possessions before making a pilgrimage to Mecca. The high court had ordered the formation of a joint task force comprising the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai and the collector to remove the illegal encroachments on the approach road leading to the dargah. The petition in the high court was filed by Sahayak, a socio-legal and educational forum, seeking immediate removal of the encroachments on the approach road to the dargah which was located on the sea. The Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai was of the view that the land on the approach road to the shrine fell in the collector’s jurisdiction and, therefore, the collector should remove the encroachments.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

PM Modi meets Sufi Saint Christi, urges to promote peace and harmony in Kashmir

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<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Sufi saint Syed Fakhar Kazmi Chisti in his office in Delhi and discussed the current situation in Kashmir.Prime Minister Modi urged the Sufi saint to send out messages for the promotion of peace and harmony in the valley.He said, “You, along with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Ji, should go and send a message of peace to all the Sufis in the valley to promote peace”.PM Modi also expressed his desire to go and visit the Ajmer Sharif Dargah to Chisti. They last met in May 2016.

Neglect turns stepwell’s healing waters into swamp

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Famed for its healing properties, the water in the 800-year-old Gandhak ki Baoli in Mehrauli now lies stagnant and has become a breeding ground for mosquitoes.The stepwell was built between 1210 and 1235 AD by Shams-ud-din Iltutmish, founder of the Delhi Sultanate. An Archaeological Survey of India (ASI)-protected monument, it now stands neglected with a part used as a garbage pit.Walk out of Qutub Minar metro station and enter the narrow lanes of Dargah Road in Mehrauli, and you reach an old gate surrounded by tea vendors with a board that says ‘Protected Monument’.Gandhak ki Baoli is a massive structure with 105 big stone steps leading to the water bed. The water in the well is rich in sulphur, thus the name Gandhak, and is known to heal skin diseases. Often locals can be seen dipping into the water despite the algae, garbage and mosquitos.“My friends and I have been coming here to swim since we were kids. The water is dirty but it helps the skin,” says Mohammad Shamsuddin, 38.Over the years, as silt accumulated, attempts was made to revive it by the ASI in 2004-05. The water was recharged, but it needed more cleaning, as it was not potable. No arrangements were made to use the water though, leading to stagnancy.Delhi has over 25 stepwells and eight lakes/water bodies, which if revived would resolve most of the city’s water shortage.

Hyderabad: Congress leader Mukesh Goud’s son shot at by unidentified assailant

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress leader Mukesh Goud’s son Vikram Goud was shot at by unidentified assailant at his residence in Hyderabad’s Banjara Hills in the wee hours of Friday.Goud, who suffered two bullet injuries in his hands, was admitted to Jubilee Hills Apollo Hospital and is undergoing treatment.Goud’s wife Shipali lodged a police complaint alleging that someone tried to kill her husband.The incident took place at around 2.30 am today when Goud and his wife were going to Haqi Baba Dargah to offer food to the poor.Goud’s wife, in her complaint, said the assailant attacked her husband with the intention to kill him.She further sought legal and stern action in the matter.

SC modifies order, protects Kinara mosque near Haji Ali shrine

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court today modified its earlier order on encroachments near the Haji Ali Shrine in Mumbai and protected Kinara mosque located near the shrine from demolition. The court also asked the Maharashtra government to decide within a week the plea seeking regularisation of the mosque. A bench comprising Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justice DY Chandrachud took on record the consent of all parties including the Haji Ali Trust that if the state government rejects the regularisation plea, nobody will oppose the demolition of portions of the mosque which are built on encroached land near the historic shrine. The bench initially suggested that the parties should agree to shifting of the mosque to some other place. It has been alleged that certain part of the Kinara mosque falls under the encroached area which have been ordered to be cleared by the Bombay High Court. The Supreme Court has also upheld it. The bench has now fixed the matter after one week. The apex court had earlier given a last opportunity to the Maharashtra government and warned it of serious consequences if squatters from 908 square metre area near the historic shrine were not removed in two weeks. It had made it clear that the encroachments have to be removed within two weeks from July 3 from the 908 square metre area earmarked in the Bombay High Court order. The direction to the Mumbai civic body had come as the Haji Ali Dargah Trust (HADT), which had volunteered to remove the encroachments, had expressed inability in removing the encroachments from an area of about 500 square metres. The HADT had on April 13 agreed to remove encroachments on its own by May 8 and was later given some more time to remove the squatters. The trust’s offer to remove and demolish the encroachments had come after the apex court made it clear that only the mosque, located on an area of around 171 sq metres, would remain protected while the rest of the area, measuring 908 sq metres, has to be cleared of squatters. The court had lauded the efforts of the Dargah Trust in its attempts to remove encroachments. The Haji Ali Dargah was constructed in 1431 in the memory of a wealthy Muslim merchant, Sayyed Peer Haji Ali Shah Bukhari, who gave up all his possessions before making a pilgrimage to Mecca. The High Court had ordered the formation of a joint task force comprising the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai and the Collector to remove the illegal encroachments on the approach road leading to the Haji Ali Dargah. The High Court was hearing a petition filed by Sahayak, a socio-legal and educational forum, seeking immediate removal of the encroachments on the approach road to the dargah which is located on the sea. The Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai was of the view that the land on the approach road to Haji Ali fell in the collector’s jurisdiction and therefore the collector should remove the encroachments.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

‘Separatists provoking JK youths to carry out Pak agenda’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Strict action is required against Kashmiri separatists for provoking youths to indulge in stone pelting and carrying out Pakistan-sponsored agenda, Ajmer dargah head Zainul Abedin Ali Khan said today. Speaking at the dargah of Usman Harwani, the mentor of Sufi saint Moinuddin Chisti, he lamented how the separatists were forcing the youths to pelt stones at the security forces, adding it was a “matter of grave concern” and should be stopped. Khan said the separatist leaders send their sons abroad for education, but have damaged the educational infrastructure in the Valley to keep the generation of Kashmir away from education. They are misleading such youths and provoking them to create unrest in Kashmir, he said. “Some political parties are involved in politicising Kashmir issue which is not only unfortunate, but shameful too,” the Ajmer Dargah deewan said. He added that many people in Kashmir support Sufism, but have no institutional support, thus are unable to oppose the fanaticism there.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

HC orders status quo on city collector’s notice to dargah trust

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bombay High Court on Wednesday directed the Mumbai City Collector to maintain status quo with regard to the demand notice issued to Haji Ali Dargah Trust. The trust was asked to deposit Rs 1.9 crore as its share of half the income generated by allowing mobile towers on its premises.Advocate Hiten Venegaonkar appearing for the state said, “The vavction bench has asked the collector to file its reply on the petition and posted the matter for further hearing post vacation. It has asked the trust not to extend the leave license contracts until further orders.The trust had challenged the notice issued to it recently asking to deposit Rs 1.88 crore within 20 days. The demand is based on an April 2005 notification that sought 50 per cent share of income from such lease on leasehold land from societies. The trust has been asked to share 50 per cent of the income from the cell phone towers. In 2009, the trust gave a small portion of the land on leave and license to four cellular companies. The income generated is used by the trust for the benefit of the community at large, it said.The trust argued that the government notification is applicable only to housing societies, and since it is a charitable organisation it will not be applicable to them. The matter was heard by a bench led by Justice Prakash Naik, who directed the authority to maintain status quo.

DCW institutes inquiry into night shelter demolition

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi Commission for Women today instituted an inquiry into the demolition of a night shelter for women and children located opposite Nizamuddin Dargah, which had rendered more than 100 people homeless. Issuing a notice to the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) and the Delhi police, DCW chairperson Swati Maliwal said those who were staying at the shelter belong to the most downtrodden sections of the society and displacing them without an arrangement of proper rehabilitation and a prior notice is a violation of their human rights. “At a time when crime against women and girls is increasing in Delhi, this act of the authorities has left over 100 women and girls homeless and significantly increased their vulnerability. “It is to be noted that many children living at the night shelter were orphans. It is the duty of the government authorities to protect them. Instead, their only shelter has been demolished apparently without any rehabilitation plan,” the commission said. It has asked for the reasons for demolition of the night shelter and sought to know whether any notice was served to inform them of the demolition. It further sought to know what steps have been taken by the DDA for the rehabilitation of the people who have been rendered “shelter-less”. In a separate notice to the Delhi police, the Commission has asked for the details of the officers responsible for the execution of the demolition and a list of the officials who ordered “lathi-charge” on children and women along with reasons for the same. It has also written to the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB) to provide it with the details of the court order following which the shelter was set up. The women panel also asked the DUSIB what steps it had taken to prevent the demolition which was carried out yesterday and what have they done to rehabilitate the displaced residents.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

SC asks Haji Ali Dargah if it would help remove encroachment

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court today asked the counsel for Mumbai’s Haji Ali Dargah trust to take instruction and inform whether it was ready to assist in the removal and demolition of encroachment in a 908 sq mt area. The court assured that 171 sq mt land on which the mosque is built will be protected. The apex court will hear the matter again at 2 PM. A bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar made it clear that it was willing to pass some orders today itself as there was no dispute that there were encroachments around the dargah. The bench also comprising Justices D Y Chandrachud and S K Kaul said that 171 sq mt land having the mosque on it will be protected but the rest has to be removed and demolished.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Aseemanand seeks court’s permission to go out of Hyderabad

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Mecca Masjid blast accused Swami Aseemanand today appeared before the Special Court seeking permission to go out of Hyderabad as he is on conditional bail. The matter will be next heard on April 21. Earlier this month, a Hyderabad court released Aseemanand from the Chanchalguda Central Jail and also granted conditional bail to him, paving way for his release from jail after seven years. Aseemanand has been asked to surrender his passport and not leave Hyderabad without permission from the court. In August 2014, the Punjab and Haryana Court had granted bail to Aseemanand in the 2007 Samjhauta train blast and on he was granted bail by a Jaipur court in the 2007 Ajmer Dargah blast case on March 8 this year. As many as nine people were killed and several others injured when an IED exploded inside the Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad on May 18, 2007.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

SC to hear case of women’s entry in Haji Ali Dargah

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Supreme Court on Thursday will hear the petition of Haji Ali Dargah in connection with entry of women in its sanctorum. The Supreme Court last year on December 1 extended the stay granted by the Bombay High Court to facilitate an appeal against its decision to lift the ban on entry of women near the sanctum sanctorum of the famous Haji Ali Dargah till October 24. Prior to 2011, the dargah did not discriminate against women and allowed free entry of people across religions. However, in March 2011, the dargah’s board of trustees imposed a ban on women’s entry calling it a “grievous sin”. On October 24, the Haji Ali Dargah Trust had told the Supreme Court that it was ready to implement the Bombay High Court’s order to allow women’s enter to the sanctum sanctorum of the shrine located in South Mumbai and had sought four weeks for infrastructural changes to make arrangements for it.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

My brother can’t sack me: Ajmer Dargah Diwan Syed Zainul Abedin

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> While denying all the reports of being ‘sacked’ by his brother Sayed Alludin Alimi over his ‘blasphemous’ statements in support of ban on cow slaughter, Ajmer sufi shrine’s spiritual head Syed Zainul Abedin on Wednesday said he will continue to remain the Diwan of the Dargah till his last breath, adding that all this is a manufactured plot against him. Quoting the Supreme Court’s judgement of 1987, Abedin said his younger brother has no authority to remove him, adding that under no law can he do so. The Ajmer Dargah Diwan said he has always been a target of the extremists due to his outspoken nature and speaking only the truth. ‘The news which is circulating based on my statement is distorted. Some news channels are telecasting false news and are creating myth in the minds of the people. The wrong statements which have made are very unfortunate and are a blot on the world-popular Dargah. I have always been a target of the extremists and have always been unhappy by my tendency to speak truth, whether be it Shariyat issue, gau vansh, triple talaq or any other national issue. I have always condemned the attacks held in Jammu and Kashmir,’ Abedin told the media here.Abedin further alleged that because the small-minded extremists could not digest his statements on cow slaughter ban and triple talaq, they used his family against him.’The emblematic people have always been unhappy with me coming forward with blunt statements. When they couldn’t do anything they tried to make my younger brother stand against me. Neither does my brother have any power nor authority. How can he remove me’ I am the diwan according to the Supreme Court ruling. I am the Diwan, was since 1975 and will remain so till I die,’ he said.Abedin’s son Naseeruddin said nobody has the right to neither appoint the Diwan nor sack him. ‘He will remain the Diwan till he dies. After his death, as per the Supreme Court judgement, he would be succeeded by his eldest son. His statements have always been in favour of the nation,’ he said. Amid growing protests against the Uttar Pradesh Government’s decision to ban illegal slaughterhouses, the spiritual head of Ajmer Dargah earlier on Monday asked the Muslim community to refrain from consuming cow meat.Speaking to ANI, the spiritual head urged the government to legislate a special law and ban illegal slaughterhouses across the country.”It is fine if we do not eat cow, we are not depriving ourselves from anything. Moreover it causes diabetics. I would appeal for complete ban in cow meet. The government has to make banning cow slaughter,” Khan said.Following Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s order on closing down on illegal slaughterhouses, several states, including as many as five of the BJP-ruled states have followed in for the closure of illegal abattoirs across the country. (ANI)

Feud in Ajmer Dargah Deewan’s family after his remark on

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>triple talaq Jaipur, Apr 5 (PSI) Ajmer Dargah Deewan Zainul Abedin Ali Khan’s statement on triple talaq has led to a feud in his family with his younger brother dubbing him as a non-Muslim and staking claim to the post of the Deewan of the shrine. However, his brother Allauddin Alimi’s claim has not been recognised by the dargah committee. Abedin said Alimi’s move has no legal sanctity as per the Durgah Khawaja Saheb Act, 1955 and he will seek a legal opinion on the matter. Alimi was irked over Abedin’s statement during Urs on Monday that the practice of triple talaq was irrelevant today and against the sentiments of Quran. When Abedin was performing some rituals at the sanctum sanctorum in the dargah last evening, Alimi occupied the ‘Gaddi’ of Deewan at Khanqah in the dargah premises and declared himself as the new Deewan or Sajjadanashin. Khanqah is the holy place where the saint used to sit and preach. It is now the place where the Sajjadanashin, a descendant of the Saint, sits during religious ceremonies. “After I read my brother’s statement in newspapers yesterday, I discussed with some Muftis who verbally told me that he has now become a non-Muslim due to his statement against the Quran. Thus, he has no right and authority to remain the Sajjadanashin. “I then called an urgent meeting of the family and went to the Khanqah and declared myself as the new Sajjadanashin on the seat of the Deewan,” Alimi said. Abedin said, “My younger brother has no right to declare himself as the Sajjadanashin. He is neither empowered nor eligible for this act which is totally illegal and illegitimate and I’m seeking a legal opinion for taking action against him.” The CEO of the government-appointed Dargah committee, M A Khan, said Abedin continues to be the Sajjadanashin as per the provisions of the Durgah Khawaja Saheb Act, 1955. “This is a dispute between two brothers and the Sajjadanashin cannot be sacked or removed by such a move,” the CEO, who recently took charge, said. Chairman of the Dargah committee Shekh Alim said as per the provisions in the Act, when the post falls vacant, the dargah committee notifies the vacancy after approval of the Governor and the new Sajjadanashin is appointed with his permission. Muzaffar Bharti, head of the hereditary staff who conduct the religious ceremonies of the Sajjadanashin in the dargah, said Alimi’s claim does not hold water and he has no moral authority to take over the post. “Abedin performed Kul ki Rasm at the sanctum sanatorium followed by Dastarbandi (turban tying) at the Khanqah last evening. He is the Deewan of the Dargah as per the law at present and he cannot be sacked in this manner,” Bharti said. Wahid Chisty, Secretary of Anjuman Committee (body of Khadims or clerics) also supported Khan, saying legal procedure cannot be mocked by anyone in such a manner. On the eve of culmination of the Urs on Monday, Abedin had released a statement saying Sharia or Quran do not permit the practice of seeking divorce by saying talaq three times in one sitting. He had said there should a time of 3 months to complete this procedure in the light of Quran. “I do stand by my statements on beef and triple talaq… Triple Talaq should be pronounced in a period of 90 days and in between there should be negotiations between family, husband and wife to resolve the matter,” he said. Efforts should be made to have a detailed dialogue with the woman and her views should be considered equally, he added. “I said that slaughter of bovines and sale of beef should be completely banned in the country to promote communal harmony and asked Muslims to not consume beef and stay away from slaughtering bovines,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Swami Aseemanand released from Chanchalguda Central Jail

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A Hyderabad court on Friday released Mecca Masjid blast case accused Swami Aseemanand from Chanchalguda Central Jail. Earlier in the week, the court also granted conditional bail to Aseemanad, paving way for his release from jail after seven years. Aseemanand has been asked to surrender his passport and not leave Hyderabad without permission from the court. In August 2014, the Punjab and Haryana Court had granted bail to Aseemanand in the 2007 Samjhauta train blast and on March 8 this month, he was granted bail by a Jaipur court in the 2007 Ajmer Dargah blast case as well. As many as nine people were killed and several others injured when an IED exploded inside the Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad on May 18, 2007.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

When asked about the case of the two Nizamuddin clerics,

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>who had gone missing in Pakistan under mysterious circumstances, Basit remained tightlipped. Nazim Ali Nizami and 80-year-old Syed Asif Nizami, Sajjadanashin of Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah, who returned to Delhi on Monday, have also not been forthcoming about the circumstances surrounding their disappearance. “We (Pakistan) did our bit and helped them and they are back. If they are not very forthcoming (about the incident) how can I talk on their behalf,” Basit said. On the day of the return, Sajid Nizami, son of Asif Nizami, had alleged that the duo was “taken away” after a news report appeared in a Karachi-based Urdu daily which claimed they had links with Indian external intelligence agency RAW. The clerics and their family had thanked both the India and Pakistan for the help extended in ensuring their return. Basit, in his speech also praised ‘Quaid-e-Azam’ Mohammad Ali Jinnah, saying, “It is now incumbent on us to work for the safety of the country founded by him.” Students of Pakistan High Commission School sang songs and presented through dance the journey of creation of Pakistan. “As soon as it (Pakistan) came into being, it had to face various challenges. We still have challenges to meet, but we will continue to rise and shine,” Basit said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Indian clerics who went missing in Pakistan return home

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The two Indian clerics, including the head priest of Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah, who went missing in Pakistan last week, returned here today. Syed Asif Nizami and his nephew Nazim Ali Nizami were welcomed at the airport by their family members and a group of well wishers. Amir Nizami, son of Asif Nizami who is the head priest (Sajjadanashin) of Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia Dargah, thanked the Indian government for its intervention in ensuring the return of his father and Ali Nizami. “Both are fine. We care thankful to the Indian Government for all the support in securing their return,” Amir told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Missing Sufi clerics arrive in Delhi, to meet Sushma Swaraj

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The two Sufi clerics of Delhi’s Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah, who had gone missing in Pakistan, arrived in Delhi on Monday morning.Syed Asif Ali Nizami and his friend Nazim Nizami had travelled to Pakistan to visit their relatives in Karachi and then embarked on a pilgrimage to Lahore.However, one of them went missing in Karachi and the other in Lahore. Syed Asif Ali Nizami is the head priest of the Dargah.The Indian authorities had raised the issue with the Pakistan Foreign Ministry seeking its help in tracing their missing citizens. Later, the two clerics surfaced in Karachi and told that they had gone to meet their devotees in interior Sindh, where there was no phone connectivity.The clerics will meet External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.On Sunday, Swaraj had stated that she spoke to Syed Nazim Ali Nizami, one of the missing clerics, and was assured they were safe and would be back to Delhi on Monday.(With ANI inputs)

After arrival from Pak, Sufi clerics to meet Sushma Swaraj

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The two Sufi clerics of Delhi’s Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah, who are returning from Pakistan, will today meet External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.Amir Nizami, son of one of the clerics, said they will be picking them from the airport and will go to Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah to seek blessings of the Allah. They will then meet their family members.?I would like to thank the Indian Government, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Sushma Sawarj and Rajnath Singh. We are very happy that our government made their efforts in helping them to return,? Nizami told ANI.Swaraj had yesterday stated that she spoke to Syed Nazim Ali Nizami, one of the missing clerics, in Karachi and was assured they were safe and would be back to Delhi on Monday.”I just spoke to Syed Nazim Ali Nizami in Karachi. He told me that they are safe and will be back in Delhi tomorrow,” Swaraj tweeted.The two clerics surfaced in Karachi and told that they had gone to meet their devotees in interior Sindh, where there was no phone connectivity.The clerics, identified as Syed Asif Ali Nizami and his friend Nazim Nizami, belong to Delhi’s Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah.Syed Asif Ali Nizami is the head priest of the Dargah.The duo had travelled to Pakistan to visit their relatives in Karachi and then embarked on a pilgrimage to Lahore.One of them went missing in Karachi and the other in Lahore, reports claimed.The Indian authorities had raised the issue with the Pakistan Foreign Ministry seeking its help in tracing their missing citizens.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Two missing clerics reach Karachi, set to return on Mar. 20 to India

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Two Indian Sufi clerics of Delhi’s Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah, who went missing in Pakistan have reached Karachi, are all set to return to India on March 20. According to local media reports, two Indian clerics surfaced in Karachi and told that they had gone to meet their devotees in interior Sindh, where there was no phone connectivity. The clerics identified as Asif Nizami and his friend Nazim Nizami, belonged to Delhi?s Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah. The duo had travelled to Pakistan to visit their relatives in Karachi and, then, embarked on a pilgrimage to Lahore. One of them went missing in Karachi and the other in Lahore, reports claimed. The Indian authorities had raised the issue with the Pakistan Foreign Ministry sought its help in tracing their missing citizens. Syed Asif Ali Nizami is the head priest of New Delhi’s Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah. Meanwhile, a Dargah Committee meeting is underway in Delhi’s Nizamuddin regarding the disappearances. Earlier in the day, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said that she has taken up the matter with Islamabad. Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria also acknowledged that an Indian request seeking assistance for the recovery of two clerics had been received.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

2 missing Indian clerics in custody of Pak’s intel agency

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The two missing Indian clerics of Delhi’s Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah are in custody of Pakistan’s intelligence agency over their alleged links with the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), official sources said today. Syed Asif Nizami and his nephew Nazim Nizami were offloaded from Karachi-bound Shaheen Airlines on March 14 at the Allama Iqbal International Airport, Lahore, they said. “The personnel of an intelligence took both the clerics into custody after getting them offloaded and shifted them to an undisclosed location for investigation,” the sources told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

India raises concerns with Pakistan over missing clerics

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India has taken up with Pakistan the matter of head priest of Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah and his nephew going missing in that country, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said today. Swaraj said both Syed Asif Nizami and his nephew Nazim Nizami went missing after they landed at Karachi airport and Pakistan government has been requested for an update on both the Indian nationals. “We have taken up this matter with Government of Pakistan and requested them for an update on both the Indian nationals in Pakistan. Both are missing after they landed in Karachi airport,” tweeted Swaraj. 80-year-old Syed Asif Nizami is the head priest (Sajjadanashin) of Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia Dargah. “Indian nationals Syed Asif Nizami aged 80 years and his nephew Nazim Ali Nizami had gone to Pakistan on 8 March 2017,” Swaraj said. The two had gone to visit the famous Daata Darbar shrine in Lahore and were to catch a flight from there to Karachi on Wednesday. The clerics had gone to Karachi to meet their relatives on March 8 before travelling to Lahore to visit the shrine. Exchanges between clerics of the Nizamuddin Dargah and the Daata Darbar are part of a regular tradition.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Missing Muslim clerics: Have taken up matter with Pakistan, says Swaraj Swaraj

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After two Indian Sufi clerics, including Syed Asif Ali Nizami, the head priest of New Delhi’s Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah, went missing in Pakistan since yesterday evening, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Friday said that she has taken up the matter with Islamabad.”Have taken up this matter with Government of Pakistan and requested them for an update on both the Indian nationals,” tweeted Swaraj.Two clerics, Asif Nizami and Nazim Nizami, had initially visited Karachi to meet their relatives after which they headed to Lahore to visit shrines.As per reports, one is missing from Karachi and the other from Lahore.Officials said that India had strongly raised the matter of disappearance of the two senior clerics for the past two days.

Spiritual heads, religious leaders to attend meet on peace in

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Spiritual heads of various shrines and religious leaders from across the country would converge at the first ‘peace conference’ organised by Khwaja Moinuddin Hasan Chisty educational and charitable trust in Ajmer on March 5. Aimed at promoting peace, nationalism and religious harmony, the conference would be attended by religious heads of all the major shrines of the country including from Dargah Nizamuddin Aulia, Delhi and Maner Shrif, Bihar among others. Hindu religious leaders have also been invited for the conference which will have different sessions with the agenda to promote nationalism and religious harmony among youth by the spiritual leaders, organisers of the event said. The speakers will discuss that what role can be played by the spiritual leaders to promote tolerance and spiritual insights aligned with the concept of nationalism, human rights and diversity. “The role of the religious leaders in empowering society and women and promoting economic equality will also be taken up for the discussion in the conference,” Naseruddin Chishty, secretary of the trust, told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Bombay HC directs to remove all illegal structures at entrance of Haji Ali Dargah

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>All illegal structures that have come up at the entrance of the walkway to the iconic Haji Ali Dargah must be removed within three months, the Bombay High Court has ruled.A division bench, comprising of Chief Justice Manjula Chellur and Justice GS Kulkarni, on Friday, also asked the Mumbai Collector and the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to form a joint task force and take the assistance of the police to reclaim the government land.The HC directive came while disposing of a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by Sahayak, an NGO, seeking appropriate action against the unauthorised structures near Haji Ali Dargah.The petition filed through Advocate Ashish Mehta had stated that several letters were written to officials in the G ward and police authorities informing them about a temporary structures being erected at Haji Ali, on Collector’s land which comes under Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ). However, it was claimed that the Collector of Mumbai and the civic body kept passing the buck to each other in demolishing the said ‘illegal’ and ‘unauthorized’ structures near the Dargah.Mehta said the state has issued a Government Resolution on May 5, 2011 wherein it has categorically stated that any illegal construction carried out in or near religious premises has to be demolished if the said construction is built after September 29, 2009. However, neither the collector nor the BMC took action against the said structure in accordance with the law.Advocate Shoeib Memon appearing for the Haji Ali dargah Trust said, “He was not present in court at the time of the order and only after he receives the court order will he be able to comment on the issue, and whether the trust would appeal against it or not.”

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