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HC allows Nizamuddin mosque to stay open beyond Ramadan for first time since 2020

The Delhi High Court on Monday said Masjid Bangley Wali at Markaz Nizamuddin will continue to remain open beyond the month of Ramadan.

The High Court has continued its previous interim order and mosque will remain open till 14 October.

This would be the first time since March 2020 that public entry will be permitted at the mosque on days other than those on the month of Ramadan or Shab-e-Barat.

Markaz Nizamuddin was locked and public entry was prohibited in connection with a case alleging violation of COVID-19 norms.

Since March 2020, only five persons have been permitted to offer prayers at the mosque on days other than festivals.

Last year, only 50 persons were permitted to hold prayers at the mosque on Shab-e-Barat and during the month of Ramadan.

In March this year, the High Court had permitted the holding of prayers on all the five floors of the mosque during the month of Ramadan.

The discovery of COVID-19 cases among Tablighi Jamaat members in 2020 March led to a vicious Islamophobic campaign against Muslims who were falsely accused by a large section of mainstream media of being solely responsible for the COVID outbreak in India.

In TV and newspaper reports, Tabligh members were dubbed as “super spreaders” and accused of carrying out a “corona jihad” to deliberately spread the virus. There were even calls for a social boycott of Muslims, followed by attacks on Tablighi Jamaat members across the country.

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