In Karnataka’s Bidar district on Thursday morning, some people forced their way into the 550-year-old Mahmud Gawan Madrasa and offered prayers after holding a Dussehra procession. Following this, the local administration deployed a large number of police forces to the site.
According to the Indian Express, the police have registered a case against nine people in this case. After the video related to this incident went viral, some people belonging to the Muslim community protested demanding action against those responsible.
These people have claimed that the crowd has broken the coconut during the worship in the madrasa, which damaged the madrasa.
Crowd enters Madrasa
Speaking to the English Hindustan Times, one person said on condition of anonymity that ‘this incident occurred around two in the evening. He broke the lock of the madrassa, threw sandalwood and did some lessons.
According to eyewitnesses, nine people from a group performed the puja in the presence of the police during the Bhavani Devi procession. After the video went viral, some members of the local Muslim community staged a protest outside the police station, demanding action.
Additional Police Superintendent Mahesh Meghnavar said that in this case a case has been registered against nine people for illegally entering the heritage building.
Built-in the year 1460, this madrasa is maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India. Built during the period of the Bahmani sultanate, this madrasa shows the best amalgamation of Indian and Islamic architecture. This building is counted among the monuments of national importance.
AIMIM leader and MP Asaduddin Owaisi has tweeted on this incident and asked the Chief Minister of Karnataka and the local administration how they are allowing all this to happen.
Owaisi wrote, “These are the scenes of the historic Mahmood Gawan Mosque and Madrasa which dates back to October 5. The extremists tried to insult this place by breaking the lock of the gate. Bidar Police and BS Bommai… How can you give permission? BJP is doing such things only to humiliate Muslims.”
Located in the old part of the city of Bidar, Mahmud Gawan Madrasa is actually the remains of a building that was once the theological college. Established in the year 1472 by Gawan, an exile from Persia and a scholar of the Bahmai court, the madrasa is not only a place for imparting knowledge but also a specimen of great works of art.
Once serving as a great center of Islamic learning, today one can witness the three-story complex enriched with intricate tiles, inscribed with verses from the Koran.
Mahmud Gawan, as a vizier of the Bahmani sultanate, built the Madrasa which is now called the Mahmud Gawan Madrasa, as a center of learning in the Deccan. The great university in the old town of Bidar was founded by him. Being a linguist and mathematician, his library was large with over 3,000 manuscripts.
This Madrasa is a 3-story structure with a length of 242 feet, a width of 222 feet, and a height of 56 feet. This unique building, with a beautiful arched façade, includes a monumental minaret, a mosque, laboratories, lecture halls and student cells overlooking a huge courtyard. The mosque once had blue tiles on the outer walls and this gave it a majestic appearance.
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