Relieved Ayodhya Muslims say development will now take over
AYODHYA: Nestled together in the open space with a view to 200 years of age, Muslim residents of the Syedwada area of Ayodhya threw a sigh of relief when the Supreme Court ruled its decision early Saturday morning.
For them, the verdict brought the end of a centuries-old problem that had infiltrated their lives as a disease. With this, they said, the road to progress and development will be paved in the temple city of.
“We are glad that the Supreme Court resolved the matter once and for all, leaving no doubt. Finally, the disease that this problem became has ended and now it can only focus on the development and business of the city, said Mohammad Mubeen, a resident of the Gola bazaar.
“The problem has disrupted our normal life here. Every time something happened in the city, there was some fear for us. All that commotion now ends. We are happy that the Ram temple is built and that an alternative space for a mosque will be provided, ”he added. Other Muslim residents of Ayodhya also welcomed the verdict wholeheartedly. “It's good that this matter is over. It was a headache for the whole country, said Maqsood Ahmed, adding that the decision was acceptable to everyone in the small Muslim community. All we want is the development of the country and a boost to the slow economy, said Maqsood. According to the 2011 census, the population of Ayodhya has about 6% of Muslims.
“We were preparing for the twelfth procession of Rabi-ul-Awwal that would take place on Saturday when the barricades intensified. We understood that something is happening and since then I had been anxiously awaiting the verdict, constantly checking for updates on our phones, ”said another Ayodhya resident, Kaif Abbas.
The residents also claimed that they had planned to send their women and children to relatives outside of Ayodhya, but could not due to the sudden announcement of the date.
But strict barricades were established, vehicular movement was halted and outsiders were not allowed, which kept the atmosphere as peaceful as here regularly, Maqsood Ahmed added.
Shibbu Khan, who claimed that he had gone through the days of the Babri Masjid Demolition in 1992 as a child, he said he did not want the same atmosphere for his children to grow up.
“I was on the third level and my son is now on the fifth level living in a feeling of restlessness. I am glad that the problem is over and that our generations have gotten rid of more inconveniences, he said.