A year after the Supreme Court’s verdict on the Ayodhya land dispute, the Uttar Pradesh Sunni Central Waqf Board (UPSCWB) has released the first pictures of the Ayodhya mosque and hospital project.
The project is based out of Dhannipur in Ayodhya. Reportedly, the foundation stone for this project is likely to be laid next year. It will be constructed on the five-acre land allotted by the Uttar Pradesh government for this purpose. In the first phase of this project, a hospital will be built behind the mosque. In the second phase, the hospital is likely to be expanded, according to the Indo-Islamic Cultural Foundation (IICF).
During the presentation of unveiling the project plans, the IICF said that the name of the mosque has not been decided and will not be named after any former king or emperor. Jamia Milia Islamia architecture professor SM Akthar unveiled the project design at the IICF office in Lucknow on Saturday evening.
The mosque and the hospital building will have a futuristic design. When the news of the Ayodhya mosque broke out, many social media users, irrespective of religion, were in awe of the futuristic design. However, many praised the Trust’s initiative to build a hospital with the mosque.
On November 9, 2019, a five-judge bench of the Supreme Court unanimously announced a verdict in the Ayodhya land dispute case. The Court gave the undisputed site of 2.27 acres to a trust which was constituted by the Government of India to build the Ram temple.
The Court also directed the government to give 5 acres of land to the UPSCWB to build a mosque which will replace the demolished Babri Masjid. The Court in its verdict said that the demolition of Babri Masjid and 1949 desecration of the mosque violated the law. On December 12, 2019, the SC dismissed all petitions seeking a review of the November 9 verdict.