Shia Central Waqf Board has sent a letter to PM Modi suggesting that Humayun's Tomb can be demolished and converted into a graveyard for Muslims
The Uttar Pradesh (UP) Shia Central Waqf Board has suggested demolition of Humayun's Tomb and its conversion into a graveyard for Muslims. In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Board president Waseem Rizvi has said this would solve the grave problem being faced by the Muslims of Delhi for burying the dead.
The All India Rabta-e-Masajid and Madaris-e-Islamia of Yamuna Vihar, in letters 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.
The two organisations have requested the UP Shia Waqf Board to provide land for burial ground in the neighbouring state close to the Delhi border.
The Board said it 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 suggested that Humayun's Tomb should be removed from the list of national heritage, demolished and converted into a graveyard for the Muslims.
The Board said there was no hindrance as per Islam in demolishing the Humayuns's Tomb. "The community to which Humayun belonged does not recognise any tomb," it said and cited some cases of Sunni Muslims in Saudia Arabia.
He said those graves, called Jannatul Baqi, were in the form of a grand tomb. "The tomb was razed on April 21, 1925 by the then ruler of Saudi Arabia after not according Islamic recognition to it," he said.
The Board said Humayun's Tomb should meet the same fate as Jannatul Baqi. He hoped that those Muslims identifying themselves with Humayun's community should not have any problem.