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10. More Space for �namaaz� urged

 

The Times of India
New Delhi, 29 April, 1995
10. More Space for �namaaz� urged
By Vidyadhar Date

BOMBAY, April 28.

Some leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Maharashtra have proposed that the floor space index (FSI) for mosques in Bombay be increased to accommodate a larger number of people offering namaaz (prayers). This would also help end offering of prayers on the roads outside mosques.*

The offering of namaaz on roads had caused considerable tension in Bombay two years ago with the Shiv Sena and the BJP voicing strong protests and organising maha artis on the roads.

Deputy chief minister and home minister Gopinath Munde is understood to have supported the move for granting higher FSI which would enable the mosques to build additional space in their premises. The Shiv Sena is also not averse to the idea, sources said.

President of the Bombay unit of the BJP Vedprakash Goyal said the move was not aimed at wooing Muslims. The facility could be extended to temples too. In the crowded Kabutarkhana area in Dadar a mosque, a temple and a chapel existed side by side. In such areas there was greater need to provide more space for worshippers.

Former ministers Rafiq Zakaria and Ishaq Jamkhanawala have welcomed the proposal. Mr. Zakaria said: �The Congress government should have taken the decision long ago. The move shows that the BJP and the Sena are sensitive to the requirements of the minorities.�

Mr. Zakaria said steps should be taken to ensure that the FSI facility was not misused for purposes other than religious work. Shops and other commercial establishments should be prevented from being set up. �A committee should be set up to consider the issues which were involved. Some of the mosques were remarkable for their historical and architectural value,� he suggested.

Mr. Muzafar Hussain, a noted Islamic scholar, said: �The Shariat provided for offering namaaz in three shifts when space was limited. However, in some areas in Bombay the mosques were so small that they could not accommodate the devout even in three shifts.�

Mr. Hussain said according to the basic tenets of Islam, prayers should not be offered on a public thoroughfare. If it became necessary to use the public premises, permission of the authorities concerned should be taken. Islam also stressed the importance of clean surroundings at the place of prayers.
 

Footnotes:

* It was assumed that Muslims sprawl out on roads for doing namaz simply because the space within mosques cannot accommodate them. This is a Big Lie. Sprawling out on public thoroughfares is a part of Muslim aggression as advocated by their �religion�. �Muslims,� says the Hidayah �should allow the narrowest passage to the Kafirs going on throughfares.� In any case, why should Hindu taxpayers� money be spent on widening mosques when plenty of petro-dollars have been pouring into the country for building bigger and bigger mosques in which firearms can be stored, and madrasas in which warriors for Islam can be trained?
 

     

 

Time for Stock Taking - Whither Sangh Parivar?

Sita Ram Goel
Chapters
Introduction
1. A Call for an Intellectual (Bauddhika) Kshatriya
2. Ideological Defence of Hindu Society
1. G.V. Ashtekar
2. Professor G.C. Asnani
3. Deep Chandra Awasthi
4. P. N. Awasthi
5. S. K. Balasubramanian
6. Abhas Chatterjee
7. G.C. Chaudhary
8. S. K. Dalvi
9. Ashoke Dasgupta
10. Jitendra D. Desai
11. Nachiketa Dogra
12.  Adwayanand R. Galatge
13. K. B. Ganapathy
14. Padmashri Shalil Ghosh
15. Bhagwati Prasad Goenka
16. Shiv Goud
17. S. C. Gupta
18. B.L. Jaju
19. H.C. Joshi
20.  Dr. S.D. Kulkarni
21.  S.D. Laghate
22.  Professor K. Lakshminarayana
23. Professor K.S. Lal
24. Professor R. R. Mangasuli
25. T. G. Mohandas
26.  Professor S. G. Mujumdar
27.  P. R. K. Naidu
28.  S. Omkar
29. Virendra V. Parekh
30. Hem Raj Prabhakar
31. Baljit Rai
32. Dr. H. Ramarao
33. B.K. Rao
34. (Mrs) Veda Sampath
35. Smt.  M. Sandhya
36. K. Satya Deva Prasad
37. Jagannath Sharma
38. Ajit Singh
39.  Ram Autar Singh
40. Vikram Singh
41. Dr. Vinay Kumar Sinha
42. Shrikant G. Talageri
43. Mrs. Leela Tampi
44. B. K. Verma
45. R. C. Waswani
46. P. S. Yog
47. Brief Responses
1. Sarva Dharma Samabhãva or Sarva Dharma Sambhrama? 
(Unity or Confusion of Religions?)
2. Meaning of Conversions
1. Roll Over, Rushdie
2. Standing Up to Scrutinize Islam
3. Turning away from Mecca
4. Islam is religious fascism
5. Courageous author puts his life on the line
6. Far more dangerous than Nazism
1. Legacy of hate
2. BJP shifts stand to woo Muslims
3. BJP promoting a �minority-friendly� image for elections
4. BJP looks for Muslim plank to move towards Delhi
5. BJP girds up to appease Muslim
6. Khurana�s go-slow on migrants issue irks hawks
7. Pampering the minority ego
8. BJP to bring out Koran in Sanskrit
9. Vajpayee for diluting stand on �Hindutva�
10. More Space for �namaaz� urged
11. Chhabildas sticks to his guns on minority votes
12. Advani allays minorities fears
13. Secret of BJP�s success
14. Advani woos Indian expatriates in London, assails Govt�s Kashmir policy
15. BJP bid to woo Muslims
16. �How can any Muslim in this country say that he does not respect Ram?�
17. Malhotra�s statement on Ayodhya annoys Chavan
18. BJP bid to win over Muslims
19. RSS wants Muslims for friends
20. Babri or �Barabari�?
21. Bihar BJP�s first-ever Muslim leader emerges
22. J.K. Hindu exiles eulogise Thackeray
23. Secularism is the very colour of our blood: Vajpayee
24. A good augury
25. Muslims in Behrampada voted in a pragmatic way
26. Joshi sparks off row over Religion Bill
27. VHP drops plan to �liberate� Kashi, Mathura
28. Govt seeks revision of order on Naib Imam
29. BJYM�S meet on June 7
30. Vande Mataram �dispute� at BJP Muslim meeting
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