Social media users say they're highlighting the South Asian country's Islamic heritage, a week after a top court ruled to hand the historic Babri Mosque site to Hindus.
Social media users in India took to Twitter on Friday to raise awareness of the country's Islamic heritage using the hashtag #MosquesofIndia, a week after India’s Supreme Court awarded a bitterly contested religious site to Hindus, dealing a defeat to Muslims who also claim the land that has sparked some of the country's bloodiest riots since independence.
On November 9, the top court ruled the site in Ayodhya in northern India, where Hindu mobs destroyed a 460-year-old Babri Mosque in 1992, must be managed by a trust to oversee the construction of a Hindu temple.
The court gave a separate piece of land in the same city to a Muslim group to build a "prominent" new mosque.
Some users made reference to their longing for the Babri Mosque, while others celebrated the country's historic Islamic sites.
So why are we trending #MosquesofIndia ?— Irena Akbar (@irenaakbar) November 15, 2019
Because Babri Masjid may have been demolished, but you can never wish away Indo-Islamic heritage that is spread across India, in its beautiful, serene mosques. We love our architecture, our heritage and we celebrate it. Alhamdulillah!
A click of the mosque at our ancestral village somewhere at Pilibhit district. It was 1st build by Maulvi Ghulam Mustafa, my 5th generation grandfather in 1844. Present construction collectively by village community in 2010. I visited the place this vacations #MosqueofIndia pic.twitter.com/fk4bS1cLxw— Tawarikh Khwani تواریخ خوانی (@tawairkh) November 15, 2019
This mosque is built by our family in our ancestral village in Kankavli, Sindhudurg, Maharashtra.— Sidrah (@SidrahDP) November 15, 2019
All those hearts that built this masjid are not with us anymore. My grandfathers, my Uncle.
Their devotion to serve, their love for the village lives on in us. #MosquesofIndia pic.twitter.com/LWrdfZRA3V
#MosquesofIndia #BadiMasjid— Tanvir (@Tanvir_Ansari) November 15, 2019
The mosque in my Mohalla , with a minar for Muazzin to call for prayers.
Old architecture made of wood and lime, refurbished time and again while trying to retain the original look. pic.twitter.com/86r4DsnFqt
Shahi Masjid,Aurangabad. #Aurangzeb used to stitch Topis/write quran here.Women section is also there. Currently masjid has an orphanage with apprx 100 orphans- stay,eat,learn. The architecture is similar to the #Babri Masjid. #MosquesofIndia #Aurangabad pic.twitter.com/Z4HkIosEoL— Basit Khan (@khanmab) November 15, 2019
#MosquesofIndia Thanks for beautiful trend, & the wealth of information shared. Wish all of us were equally appreciative of rich & inclusive cultural heritage of India. Still remember I almost felt a hole in my heart when Babri was demolished.— RKHuria (@rkhuria) November 15, 2019
Juma Masjid, Bijapur, Karnataka. The mosque was built by Ali Adil Shah I in the year 1578 . Set in a perfect square of 1,16,300 sq. ft. 2250 to 2500 persons can offer prayers at a stretch.#MosquesOfIndia pic.twitter.com/GpMohM14ri— Sabina Basha (@SabinaBasha) November 15, 2019
"500 mosques & shrines were destroyed in Gujarat 2002."— Sidrah (@SidrahDP) November 15, 2019
The Gujarat HC had directed the State Govt to bear the cost of repair. The SC later struck that order down in 2017.
Musalmans have been peaceful. Silenced. To be noted milord.