Ayodhya Mosque to be named after a freedom fighter

Ayodhya: The proposed mosque and hospital complex to be built in Dhannipur village in Ayodhya will be named after the famous freedom fighter and revolutionary Maulvi Ahmadullah Shah Faizabadi, who died 164 years ago.

The Indo-Islamic Cultural Foundation (IICF) has decided to dedicate the entire project including the mosque, hospital, museum, research center and community kitchen, according to Faizabadi, also called ‘lighthouse of the independence ”to keep Awadh free from British rule for more than two years after the revolt of 1857.

IIICF Secretary Athar Hussain said: “On the day of his martyrdom, we decided to name the whole project after his name. In January, we dedicated the research center to Maulvi Faizabadi, who was the icon of the Hindu-Muslim brotherhood. Even 160 years after the First War of Independence, Ahmadullah Shah Faizabadi has yet to achieve his due in the annals of Indian history. Masjid Sarai, Faizabad, which was Maulvi’s headquarters during the 1857 mutiny, is the only surviving building that preserves its name.

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After being killed and beheaded by a British agent, they buried his body and head in two different places to prevent people from turning his grave into a mausoleum, Husain said.
Veteran and mosque administrator Captain Afzaal Ahmad Khan said: “The British feared Maulvi would be as dangerous in death as he was when he was alive. It is unfortunate that even though British officers like George Bruce Malleson and Thomas Seaton mentioned his courage, bravery and organizational skills in the history of the Indian mutiny, Maulvi Ahmadullah Shah is masked in our school and university textbooks.

Researcher and historian Ram Shankar Tripathi said: “As well as being a practicing Muslim, he was also the embodiment of Faizabad’s religious unity and Ganga-Jamuni culture. In the revolt of 1857, royalty like Nana Sahib of Kanpur, Kunwar Singh of Arrah fought alongside Maulvi Ahmadullah Shah. His 22nd infantry regiment was commanded by Subedar Ghamandi Singh and Subedar Umrao Singh during the famous battle of Chinhat.

“Maulvi wanted Raja Jagannath Singh from Pawayan, a zamindar from Shahjahanpur district, to join the anti-colonial war. On June 5, 1858, with a prior appointment, he went to meet Raja Jagannath Singh in his fortress. Arriving at the gate, he was greeted by bullets from Jagannath Singh’s brother and servants. The Maulvi died instantly.

The Ayodhya Mosque and Hospital Project will be built on the five-acre land given to Muslims in the Supreme Court’s verdict in November 2019.

The IIICF trust formed by the Sunni Waqf board of directors made the decision not to name the mosque after Mughal emperor Babur.

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Thelma J. Longworth