In an unprecedented move the Uttar Pradesh Shia Central Waqf Board has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, proposing that the Humayun’s tomb in Delhi be removed from the ‘national heritage list’, demolished and turned into a graveyard for Muslims.
The All India Rabta-e-Masajid and Madaris-e-Islamia of Yamuna Vihar, sent a letter to the UP Shia Central Waqf Board dated October 15, lamented the paucity of space for graveyard in the national capital. They said the old burial grounds had got filled up and there no space for building new ones either.
These organizations have requested the UP Shia Waqf Board to provide land for burial ground in the neighboring state close to the Delhi border. The board said that it has examined the cities in UP close to the Delhi border but found that there was no land available with it for the purpose. However, it said, the problem concerning the Muslims living in Delhi was really serious and required to be solved in public interest.
The Board has requested to PM Modi to demolish the Humayun’s Tomb situated in the Nizamuddin area of the national capital and convert it into a burial ground.Humayun’s Tomb is spread in an area of 35 acres and it is not a religious place. It will be considered as a graveyard because of the grave already present there.
Board further said that Mughals had come from various countries to loot India. “These Mughals snatched away the kingdoms from the kings, looted them and became the rulers. They extorted the hard-earned earnings of the people by imposing lagans for several generations.The Mughals caused immense harm to India’s old culture and traditions. According to historians, the Mughals demolished more than 3,000 temples by misusing their power and rule, and this is the reason why their grand graves cannot be the national heritage.”
The Board also requested to remove Humayun’s Tomb from the list of national heritage, and even as per Islam there are no issues in demolishing the Humayun’s Tomb.
It also said that “The community to which Humayun belonged does not recognize any tomb,” it said and cited some cases of Sunni Muslims in Saudia Arabia. As an example a grave calledJannatulBaqi, were in the form of a grand tomb and it was razed on April 21, 1925 by the then ruler of Saudi Arabia after not according Islamic recognition to it.
The Board said Humayun’s Tomb should meet the same fate as JannatulBaqi. He hoped that those Muslims identifying themselves with Humayun’s community should not have any problem.
The Board further said the government does not earn from the Humayun’s Tomb. On the contrary, it said, the government has to spend lakhs of rupees on the maintenance of the tomb. This money is the hard-earned income of the people of the country and should be used for development of the country. “Money should not be wasted on the upkeep of tombs of rulers who were loots and ruffians,” it said.