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Police presence at mosque gate did not stop Hindutva mob, says brother of imam killed in Gurgaon mosque

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Zalim hun, Insaan banade ya Allah,

ghar ki mere diwaar hatadey ya Allah

Hindu-Muslim beth kr khaaye thaali main,

aisa Hindustan banade ya Allah

(“Cruel are we humans, make us humane Ya Allah, remove the walls that divide us, Ya Allah. Remove enmity and hatred between Hindu-Muslim, make such an India Ya Allah”)

These are the lines from the Nath sung by Mohammad Saad in a video that has gone viral requesting peace and brotherhood.

Mohammad Saad, 19, was the deputy Imam of Anjuman Jama Masjid in Gurgaon Sector 57, who was murdered on the night of 31 July by a mob of 100 men belonging to the Hindutva groups.

“The video is around 1-2 months old; he had an Instagram account where he uploaded such videos. He hadn’t written the nath but had sung it. You see, it was hatred against the masjid and with the masjid committee, but they took their revenge by killing my brother,” Shadab Anwar, brother of Mohammad Saad said to Maktoob.

Mohammad Saad was a Quran Hafiz from Delhi who had studied at three different places, Mehrauli, Chhatarpur and Azadpur.

“I said to Saad to settle at the Anjuman masjid as an Imam because the masjid needed one, and he was not doing any job. It will be a good start, I said to him,” Anwar recalled.

Saad was from Sitamarhi, Bihar and had joined the mosque about six months ago.

His family includes his parents, two brothers and four sisters.

The burial of Mohammad Saad took place on 2 August around 3 pm. The post-mortem report of the body has not been released.

Anwar said, “You can know through the video what kind of a man my brother was. He never indulged in any casual or funny conversation. My brother was a simple man, and I never received any complaints of him being rude or anything.”

Shadab Anwar had last talked to his brother around 11:30 pm on the night of 31 July to specifically inform Saad to cancel his next day trip to Bihar due to the tense atmosphere and stay safe at the Masjid.

“I asked him about the situation back at his location, and he reassured me not to worry, mentioning that police officials had been stationed there since morning. He had full confidence in the police administration that if, God forbid, anything occurred, they would take care of his safety. Unfortunately, the police didn’t take action, and it is solely their failure that they couldn’t control the situation. If they had been vigilant, my brother would still be alive.”

Anwar says that the police were aware of the whole situation and knew that the masjid is in danger.

The masjid had only one entrance, having no chance of anyone entering through other passages except the main entrance. Having been covered all around with giant iron walls, it was impossible. The police were present at the main gate of the masjid, but they didn’t stop the mob from forcing themselves in, Anwar said.

“I request you, you hold the kalam, you hold the power of kalam, and that you use this power and bring out the truth, write about it,”Anwar concluded.

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Saher Hiba Khan
Saher Hiba Khan
Saher Hiba Khan is a freelance journalist based in New Delhi and she studies English literature at Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi.

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