Ayodhya Mosque to be named after freedom fighter Maulvi Shah Faizabadi, who died 164 years ago

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 whole project including the mosque, the hospital, the museum, the research center and the community kitchen, after Faizabadi, also known as the “lighthouse of independence” for keeping 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 receive 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.

Freedom fighter Maulvi Ahmadullah Shah Faizabadi

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., says Husain.

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 have mentioned his courage, bravery and ability in the history of the Indian mutiny, Maulvi Ahmadullah Shah is obscured 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. During 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 from Chinhat.

Ayodhya Mosque and Hospital Project
Ayodhya Mosque and Hospital Project

“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 said was greeted by bullets from Jagannath Singh’s brother and servants, and 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.

Thelma J. Longworth