Syed Ahmed Bukhari, There He Goes Again!

King Abdullah has offered to renovate the historical Jama Masjid of Delhi before his upcoming trip to India. According to this article in Reuters, the Indian Foreign Ministry has reacted cautiously but the chief cleric of the mosque, Syed Ahmed Bukhari has jumped to the offer. The article states,

The chief cleric of the Jama Masjid, built by Mughal emperor Shahjahan in 1656, said any rejection of the Saudi offer could upset officials in Riyadh.

“The government should welcome the offer. A rejection can be construed as insulting by the Saudis,” chief cleric Syed Ahmed Bukhari told Reuters. “The government should think about this.”

“upset officials in Riyadh”, hello, which era are you living in Mr. Bukhari?
Why are you playing the Muslim card, again?

He goes on,

Bukhari said India should accept the offer quickly. “I can’t understand the unnecessary objections,” he said.

It is not difficult to understand why Syed Ahmed Bukhari is over-enthusiastic about accepting the proposal. Apart from the evident gains, it would help him to establish his rapport among the Saudi benefactors.

I just hope that the government of India does not accept the proposal thinking that it would help its cause among the minority voters. It won’t and it shouldn’t.

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14 Responses to Syed Ahmed Bukhari, There He Goes Again!

  1. kashif says:

    I don’t see any problem with accepting the Saudi money for the Jama Masjid. This Masjid belongs to all Indians and all Muslims and no harm in taking the money to take care of the building. Afterall tourists coming to see Jama Masjid pay some money.

    The money should be channeled through ASI and not Mr. Bukhari or the Waqf board.

    Even if the GOI politely rejects the offer, it will not be a big deal.

  2. Mohib says:

    Kashif bhai, there is no problem in accepting the money for renovation. Only that it should not be accepted for the wrong reasons.

    And yes, the money should be spent under the supervision of a neutral agency, preferably ASI.

  3. mustafa says:

    I personally feel this is way too trivial an issue to be even discussed.. The great thing about the religion is that it places virtually no importance on structures besides the one in mecca and madina..I firmly belive that its a politcal issue. To accept money from the arabs.

  4. Tauseef Rashidi says:

    One of the commentator wrote “to accept money from Arabs?” Is not very polite and correct. My brother, where is your Qibla and who is responsible for your freedom of choice and freedom of faith. Please think deeply. You know what, our culture, our deen, and freedom came from the same direction, called AlMaghrib?, if you know, where maghrib is. We should appreciate that these so called Arabs had scarified their time, money, and generations to bring forth, the beauty of Islam and much more that we enjoying for granted today. It wasn’t free. We are so much indebted to those early generations responsible for what we have today. Indeed we are indebt to those generation. Today, We are Muslim, a free nation and a great global ummah in this great global village of trouble makers. This is due to fact that Muslim/Arabs and their generation has great contribution, generosity, and sharing in field of science, medicine, mathematics, social system that they pass to this world during dark era, era of ignorance. May Allah grant them their best reward for their contribution until the judgment day. Muslim overall has contributed major portion of the global knowledge base that exist today. So don’t be heart broken by propaganda machines and media outlet of wrong projection. One saying of our beloved Prophet (SAW) I remember that “a believer is shield for one another”. Thus, back to my point is that I don’t think anything is wrong accepting support from you brother when you are in need. As long as it serves the purpose. King Abdullah is a just trustee/or care taker of our fund, your fund, and fund of Muslim Ummah. It is very sad to mention that we are not exerting and reflecting the virtuous Islam that stands unique as bright as a moon on a clear night. Let people, be envious of us, keep doing great work and goodness and do so much that it surpasses everything, overwhelming magnitude… Do it to please Allah (SWT) one day it will pay off.!….Inshallah

  5. Sheikh Mohammed Salik says:

    See the condition of jama masjid and area around….Even muslims avoid going in that area.and there in no doubt that delhi jama masjid is the only masjid in india , which i think every common indian knows.so i dont think that by accepting money from saudi will have any problem.and why so much criticism when bukhari is accepting money???even for deoband masjid (Masjid-al-rasheed), money came from saudi only…
    If Allah has given them money and they want that money for some good cause , i think we should accept that or otherwise come forward to renowate the masjid , which i think is a sort of impossible thing and it is very very sad…

  6. Sajid Mahmood says:

    We the people of Delhi know the Bukharis very well. If this Saudi money is accepted, please be assured most of it will land up in the coffers of the Bukharis. This has happened before and it will happen again.

    Remember there was shops below Jama Masjid spreading dirt around. Syed Abdullah Bukhari’s henchmen used to collect the ‘hafta’ from them. When the government decided to clear them ‘islam came under threat’ and there was gneneral rioting.

    Dont trust the Bukharis. The is no concept of heridetery imamat in Islam but these chappies would like to practise it. Why ? For monetoery gains. Dont trust them.

  7. anonymous says:

    A major part of that money is gonna go into his own pockets…..

  8. Neil says:

    Hello All,

    Although the gesture by the Esteemed King is appreciable, do we actually need it ? I think the ASI should renovate and maintain all important sites in India and I am sure it has enough budgets for the same.

  9. Milind Kher says:

    @Mohib,

    Building a masjid is an activity, and is prima facie done fi sabil Allah, therefore, I do not really see a problem in accepting the money.

    Yes, if the money were to be used in a wrong way in terms of indoctrinating people with the wrong beliefs, it would be a different matter.

  10. K says:

    IMO, Jama Masjid has national significance. Foreign money should not be accepted for its renovation. I’d rather have the government spend money on preserving places of historical importance.

    I’d prefer if the Saudis invested in a Medical College or university or something, similar to their contributions to the Medical College at Jamia.

  11. syedahmed says:

    New Delhi, Aug 22: Syed Ahmed Bukhari, Shahi Imam of Delhi’s Jama Masjid, has called upon Muslims to stay away from the Anna movement saying his war cry – Vande Mataram and Bharat Mata Ki Jai – are against Islam.
    “Islam does not condone the worship of the nation or land. It does not even condone worship of the mother who nurtures a child in her womb. How can Muslims then join his stir with a war cry that is against the basic tenets of Islam. I have advised them to stay away,” Bukhari told Times of India.

    Bukhari, who is not perceived to be close to the Congress, may have inadvertently voiced the very concerns that Congress leaders have been expressing off the record about how Anna’s stir has isolated Muslims though none of them had ventured to make a public statement on this. The call has also reignited the centuries old debate of Vande Mataram being anti-Muslim.

  12. sam says:

    I just want to say, Don’t devide Indians on the name of relision. This is good for politician like bukhari. Who is applying devide and rule policy. Anna never used any communal word in his entire campaign. and if the bill gets passed not only one community but all the Indian will be benefited. And A message to all my muslim brothers, Only bukhari type of persons create communal violance, Devides us on the basis of releason just for there benefit to be in power. Now this is educated contry all have the right here to study work. We never distinguise here on the basis of releason and that is what people accross all the releason know this. So bukhari it is impossible now to misguide muslim brothers. and shame on you that you type of person exists here

  13. rotten says:

    who cares guys???

  14. India never asks, it only gives. says:

    India or the Indian Muslims should and will never accept money from the Arabs.The Arabs have dictum-ed Pakistan,India being a great and powerful nation should not be reduced to an Arab lackey like the neighbors across the border,we dont need to.Who do these Arabs they they are?.Like all other communities in India,be it Gurudwara,Church,Temple who raise money from their own communities.The Muslim community in India is rich,prosperous and efficient enough to raise enough funds to maintain its own mosque.Leave the steel bowl and open arms scenarios to Pakistan.

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