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Taj Mahal cannot be a symbol of worship, most Mughals were ‘aiyaash’: Shia Waqf Board chairman

A political slugfest has erupted after BJP MLA Sangeet Som questioned the Taj Mahal's place in history, distorting historical facts to say that it was built by an emperor who imprisoned his father and targeted Hindus.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 17, 2017 5:46 pm
 Taj Mahal, Taj Mahal controversy, Mughal emperors, Waseem Rizvi, Shia Waqf Board, yogi adityanath, sangeet som, india news, indian express Uttar Pradesh Shia Central Waqf Board chairman Waseem Rizvi (Source: ANI)

Amid the raging debate over controversy surrounding Taj Mahal, Uttar Pradesh Shia Central Waqf Board chairman Waseem Rizvi on Tuesday said the architectural marvel can be a symbol of love but not of worship and alleged that barring a few, most Mughals were ‘aiyaaash’ (philanderer).

“Taj Mahal can be symbol of love but not of worship, apart from 1-2 most Mughals were ‘aiyaash’, Muslims don’t consider them idols,” Rizvi was quoted as saying by ANI.

The Waqf board chairman also wondered why there was a controversy over construction of Lord Ram statue in Ayodhya. “No one opposed when Mayawati built her own statues, don’t understand why is there issue over making Ram statue,” he said.

Rizvi also observed that the construction of a statue of Lord Ram in Ayodhya was a matter of pride for all Indians and stated that the board would gift 10 silver arrows for his quiver as a mark of respect. “UP government’s decision to erect a statue of Lord Ram is commendable. In keeping with the Ganga-Jamuni ‘tehzeeb’ of Awadh, these silver arrows will be just a token of admiration and esteem in which Shias hold Lord Ram,” Rizvi said.

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A political slugfest has erupted after BJP MLA Sangeet Som questioned the monument’s place in history, distorting historical facts to say that it was built by an emperor who imprisoned his father and targeted Hindus. Interestingly, Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, who built the Taj Mahal in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal, was the one who was imprisoned till the end of his days by his son Aurangzeb.

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Som also said the Centre as well as the state were working to erase the “blot” (kalank katha) of Akbar, Aurangzeb and Babur from history books.

Interestingly, Som’s comments came after the Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government reportedly left out the Taj Mahal from an official tourism booklet.

With ANI, PTI inputs 

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  1. Madani Mohiuddin Ahmad
    Oct 18, 2017 at 3:21 pm
    What is the English word for ‘aiyaash’? The Taj Mahal can never be a symbol of worship.
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      sach say
      Oct 18, 2017 at 1:37 pm
      ajj kal bhooknay walo k saat yeh bhi milkay bhooktay hi kiyu ki inko hadi nahi mili abhi tak jab bhi inko koi jhund miltay hi yeh bhooknay lagtay ajj kal jhoond ziyada hogay hi atcha huva kerala people got remedies they only barks at other dont work by birth problem
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        Baig
        Oct 18, 2017 at 1:24 pm
        Rizvi Saheb correct you facts. No person goes there to worship. You should be matured enough to understand that Taj Mahal is place for tourist not pilgrims. Most of kings were Ayiaash, not only Mughals. You need study history again to refresh your know about kings and their empires.
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          rajesh
          Oct 17, 2017 at 11:19 pm
          You can check from historical information that Shah Jahan started sleeping with his own daughter form Mumtaz soon after she died giving birth to his 14 th baby, who in his right mind will cause it a symbol of love, it is the most over rated kabar of an unfortunate women
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            sach say
            Oct 18, 2017 at 1:41 pm
            ur g also from out those sleeping with his family
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              Baig
              Oct 19, 2017 at 12:26 pm
              Is this your own experience narrated above.
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              d
              Oct 17, 2017 at 10:34 pm
              What's this Shia Sunny Muslims,?? There are so many katwaas already damaging India. From where these new katwaas are coming,??
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                Baig
                Oct 18, 2017 at 1:28 pm
                Dear D, now you really need one katwaa a day to keep these your rubbish comments away. I strongly suggest that you should try one katwaa a day and or at least tell your spouse to try once.
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                1. Aziz Siddiqui
                  Oct 19, 2017 at 6:23 am
                  good reply to a chootiya.
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