December3 , 2021

Row Over Namaz In Gurgaon Again, Praying Muslims Face Jai Shri Ram Chants



After protests in 2018, an inventory of 37 “designated” websites was drawn up based mostly on talks (File)

New Delhi:

Muslims providing namaz at a chosen open website in Gurgaon’s Sector 37 have been interrupted as soon as once more by right-wing Hindu teams, with tensions mounting as they carried out a ‘prayer’ that claimed to commemorate the 26/11 terror assaults.

The gathered Muslims initially had deliberate to depart with out praying, however then round 25 determined to go forward. They prayed to shouts of ‘Jai Shri Ram‘ and ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ from lower than 30 metres.

150 policemen have been current scene however solely 30 stood between the 2 teams.

The second the 20-minute namaz ended, two males from the Hindu group crossed the gap to say the area. The Muslim group members determined to depart the positioning peacefully.

Muslims will even not pray at gurdwaras within the metropolis immediately.

The metropolis’s Gurdwara Singh Sabha Committee stated area wouldn’t be supplied as a result of Muslims had “not sought space for namaz”, however underlined its resolve to face with the minority group.

However, anti-Muslim posters outdoors one gurdwara have raised questions on strain from right-wing teams, a few of whom had earlier unfold cow dung over a namaz website.


At Gurgaon’s Sector 37 – one other namaz prayer website – a ‘havan’ was carried out, for the 26/11 assaults

Last week – in a present of solidarity hailed by many – the gurudwara committee supplied to open its doorways to Muslims so they might supply namaz in peace. “(that is) guru ghar‘… open for all communities with no discrimination…” the pinnacle of a gurdwara in Gurgaon’s Sadar Bazar stated.

Two days later, although, the committee backtracked on that provide. A spokesperson was quoted by information company ANI as saying “Muslims themselves refused to offer namaz to avoid any conflict”.

Muslims in Gurgaon have been stopped from providing weekly prayers for just a few months, with some residents – boosted, reportedly, by right-wing teams – slamming non secular shows in public.

Two weeks in the past tensions flared within the metropolis’s Sector 12A space, the place folks reportedly affiliated with Hindu teams occupied the land and claimed to be making a volleyball court docket.

Visuals confirmed them sitting round on plastic chairs consuming nuts. “We will not allow namaz, no matter what…” Veer Yadav, a kind of on the website, stated.


Cow dung was unfold out on the positioning – the place namaz had been supplied – after a puja

Nearby, rows of cow dung truffles unfold throughout the bottom final week – after some folks held a “puja” that included spreading the dung over the namaz prayer spot – stay untouched.

Again, Muslim teams, reasonably than exacerbate issues, stated they’d not supply prayers.

The Sector 12A website is certainly one of 29 websites (37 before authorities withdrew permission for eight) put aside for namaz after an settlement between Hindus and Muslims following comparable clashes in 2018.

The Sector 12A website was additionally the place 30 people were detained by police during earlier weeks.

When the protests first made headlines Haryana Chief Minister ML Khattar stated everybody had a proper to wish, however he additionally issued a caveat, saying “those offering prayers should not block road traffic”.

The namaz row additionally reared its ugly head in Gujarat’s Ahmedabad final week, after members of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad carried out a “purification ritual” at a garden in a residential area.

Police stated no case had been filed as a result of nobody had filed a grievance.

With enter from ANI