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Last Updated: January 29, 2024, 20:32 IST
The cleric further said he did not do any crime and will not apologise or resign. (Photo: ANI)
Chief Imam of All India Imam Organization, Dr Imam Umer Ahmed Ilyasi said those who love him and the nation will support him while those who hate me for attending the ceremony should perhaps go to Pakistan
A Muslim cleric has said a ‘fatwa’ was issued against him for attending the Pran Pratishtha ceremony of Ram Lalla at Ram Temple in Ayodhya.
Chief Imam of All India Imam Organization, Dr Imam Umer Ahmed Ilyasi said those who love him and the nation will support him while those who hate me for attending the ceremony should perhaps go to Pakistan.
“As a chief Imam, I received the invitation from Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Teerth Kshetra. I contemplated for two days and then decided to go to Ayodhya for harmony, for the country…The fatwa was issued yesterday but I had been receiving threat calls from the evening of January 22…I have recorded a few calls wherein the callers gave me life threats…Those who love me, love the nation – will support me,” he said, as quoted by ANI.
#WATCH | Delhi | Fatwa issued against Chief Imam of All India Imam Organization, Dr Imam Umer Ahmed Ilyasi after he attended the Pranpratishtha ceremony of Ram Lalla at Ram Temple in Ayodhya.He says, “As a chief Imam, I received the invitation from Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Teerth… pic.twitter.com/iVe2bA3s1X
— ANI (@ANI) January 29, 2024
The cleric further said he did not do any crime and will not apologise or resign.
“Those who hate me for attending the ceremony should perhaps go to Pakistan. I have given a message of love, I did not do any crime…I will not apologise or resign, they can do whatever they want…,” he said.
More than 2 lakh ‘Ram Bhakts’ flocked to Ayodhya on Sunday to seek the blessings of the deity and visit the grand temple. Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust officials also said that in the past six days, around 19 lakh devotees have visited the Ram Mandir, since the pran pratistha (consecration) ceremony on January 22.
Braving the biting cold on Sunday, people began pouring in from 3am, said officials. Other than locals from Ayodhya, pilgrims from neighbouring districts including Gonda, Gorakhpur, Barabanki, Lucknow, and Hardoi dropped in to seek the blessings of Lord Ram.
“On Sunday, the sixth day of the ‘darshan’ (viewing) of Ram Lalla, 2.25 lakh devotees visited the temple. This makes the total number of devotees who visited in the last six days 19 lakh,” said Champat Rai, vice president of Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) and general secretary of the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust.
The maximum number of visitors was on January 23 – the day the gates of the temple were opened to the public. On the day, over 5 lakh devotees gathered at the temple premises to offer prayers, leading to a chaotic situation. However, officials said, the number of visitors has remained at around 1.5 lakh to 2.5 lakh a day since then.
On the directives of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, a committee has been established to ensure a smooth and hassle-free darshan for devotees at the Ram Mandir. The temple management has also established holding areas to accommodate pilgrims in a bid to avert any pandemonium.
Officials from the temple trust and district administration said that efforts are also being made to ensure that devotees coming to Ayodhya stay there and visit other places in the town. There are currently 17 hotels here and 73 more are to be built. Of these, construction work on about 40 is in progress. Some big hotel chains in India have already made plans to come to Ayodhya and set up their properties here, officials said.