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Hindus building temple over demolished mosque site

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Hindus building temple over demolished mosque site

“Hindus in India set to build temple at razed mosque site.” The Associated Press blared this headline as millions of Hindus from several countries joined to celebrate the “Bhumipoojan” ceremony of their long-awaited temple: the Ram Janmabhoomi Mandir. Articles vilifying the “Hindu hardliners” and sympathizing with the “endangered” Muslims of India were published in numerous outlets of the liberal, secular, Muslim-pandering media. Writes Krishna Piya

None of those outlets reported on how the Hindus had waited for over 500 years, in their country, in their land, to gain the right lawfully to rebuild the Ram Mandir on the Janmasthan that was brought down centuries ago by a barbaric Muslim invader.

In 1529, the Tughlaq-styled Babri Masjid replaced the ancient shrine of the Ram Janmabhoomi on the banks of River Sarayu. This marked the beginning of the Hindus’ five-century-long struggle to reclaim their land. In 2020, the democratically elected Prime Minister of India laid the foundation stone of this historic and lawful reclamation.

The Ram Jamnabhoomi was not the first Hindu site to be attacked by Islamists. The practice of attacking and demolishing temples, the places where the Kaffir worships, has been a constant in Islamic history. India and its Hindu demography have suffered heavily for it as the list of temples plundered by such Islamist attackers is fairly lengthy.

The Somnath Temple, an ancient Hindu pilgrimage site on the western coast of India, is mentioned in texts that are 7000 years old. This ancient holy site was attacked and plundered over ten times by Islamic jihadis. Some records claim that the temple had suffered around 16 or 17 invasions. In 1024, the Turkic Muslim invader Mahmud of Ghazni raided the state of Gujrat and looted 20 million dinars from the rich Somnath Temple.

Barbaric Muslim rulers including Alauddin Khilji, Muzaffar Shah I, Mahmud Begada, and the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb took turns at looting whatever was left of the temple between the 1200s and 1600s.

The hate for the Kaffirs was so intense in their hearts that their expeditions didn’t stop at plundering the temple. Over 50,000 Hindu devotees were slaughtered in the process. The Jyotirlinga was crushed into rubble, which was taken to be spread across a mosque floor, so that Muslims could enjoy stepping on the pieces of an idol the Hindus had been praying to since antiquity.

The Somanath temple was not the only Hindu temple that attracted Aurangzeb’s ire. The sixth Mughal emperor assumed the responsibility of tearing the Kashi Vishwanath Temple asunder; he erected the present Gyanwapi Mosque atop the ruins of the original structure. The robust pillars of the ancient temples couldn’t be razed to the ground, and peep through the walls of the now centuries-old mosque even today.

After the multiple attacks on the Krishnajanmasthan Temple complex in Mathura by Islamist invaders, the same Mughal tyrant, Aurangzeb, had the Edgah mosque constructed exactly where the assembly hall and sanctum santorum of the temple, marking the birth of Hindu deity Shri Krishna, had once stood. The Alamgir Mosque of Varanasi, India, was built by Aurangzeb at the original site of the ancient Nand Madho temple, which was destroyed in 1682.

Fast-forwarding to the present day scenario: while the popular media reports on the discontinued internet facilities in Kashmir, they masterfully evade broaching the decades-long ethnic cleansing of the Hindus from the valley, which has brought Kashmir to this distressing condition. During the genocidal 1980s and 1990s, over 200 Hindu temples in the region were demolished by Islamic jihadists.

The hate of these jihadists is not limited to Hindu temples alone. In Pakistan, the Sikh Gurdwara Lal Khooni has been converted into a Muslim shrine, Haq Char Yaar. The Gurdwara was built by the fifth Sikh Guru, Guru Arjan Singh, and held special significance for the Sikh community.

After the Islamic conquest of Persia — Iran — numerous Zoroastrian Fire Temples across Bukhara, Istakhr, and other prominent Iranian cities were systematically converted into mosques. The foundation of the Jameh Mosque of Qazvin, one of the oldest mosques in Iran, was laid on a Parsi Fire temple. Ironically, the mosque is protected by Iran’s Cultural Heritage Organization. The Jameh Mosque of Isfahan, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, along with Heydarieh Mosque of Qazvin, Jameh Mosque of Kashan, and Jameh Mosque of Yazd share a similar history.   

Built as a Christian Orthodox church, Hagia Sophia was converted into a mosque after the conquest of Constantinople in 1453. It was made a museum in 1935, but while the world was reeling under a deadly pandemic last year, Turkey decided to reopen Hagia Sophia as a mosque. The secular media looked over silently as the Muslims placed drapes over the icons of Mother Mary and the baby Jesus.

In these thousand years, the world may have undergone dramatic changes, but the jihadist legacy of destruction in 2021 remains just as barbaric as it was in 1024.

Disclaimer: Opinion expressed in this article is of the author

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