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Mosque to preserve ‘Prophet’s hair’: controversies continue

Mosque to preserve ‘Prophet’s hair’: controversies continue

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Mosque to preserve ‘Prophet’s hair’: controversies continueSubmitted by admin4 on 11 May 2011 - 5:29pmIndian MuslimBy TCN News,Kozhikode: While Kanthapuram AP Aboobaker Musliyar and the Samastha Kerala Jam’iyathul Ulema (AP faction) are moving forward in their mission to build the largestmosque in the country to preserve the ‘Prophet’s hair’, controversies continue to follow. The most recent one is a letter reportedly from the family which handed over the
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to Kanthapuram saying that the hair is not actually the Prophet’s.Dr Ahmed Qasraji of Abu Dhabi handed over the ‘Prophet’s hair’ to Kanthapuram Musliyarat a function held at the Markaz, centre of the Samastha AP group, during the last Milad-e Sherif. Kanthapuram then announced that a huge mosque, namely Sha’re Mubarak Grand Masjid, would be constructed in the Kozhikode district to preservethe hair, spending a sum of Rs 40 crores which would be collected from people through contributions. The structure measuring 2.5 lakh square feet would accommodate 25000 to 30000 devotees at a time. A township also would be built near the mosque.The proposed mosque [Photo: http://nooruonline.blogspot.com]Dr Bahaudheen Muhammed Nadwi, vice-chancellor of the Darul Huda Islamic University, Chemmad, and member of the international Muslim scholars’ body, said on Saturday in a press conference that a member of the Qasraji family had written to himstating that the hair with Kanthapuram Musliyar was not really the prophet’s. Sheikh Hassan Muhammed Qasraji, brother of Dr Ahmed Qasraji who handed over the hairto Kanthapuram Musliyar, wrote to Mr Nadwi that the hairs with his brother werenot the ancestral property of the family. His father has not mentioned about such hair. Mr Qasraji wrote to Mr Nadwi as a reply to the latter’s letter of April 21 regarding the matter. Mr Nadwi said that the prophet has not asked anybody tobuild mosques to preserve his hair. He added that the ‘sanad’ (the list of persons who passed the hair over generations, by which it can be known how the hair reached Mr Qasraji) of the hair also was not clear.Meanwhile, Kanthapuram Musliyar reportedly denied the allegations suggesting that the Qasraji family had stated the hair was fake. Only a member of the family has denied the fact, and he is not a popular figure. Dr Ahmed Qasraji who handedover the hair to me is the son of Muhammed Qasraji, former Director of the Heritage Department and Waqf Minister in Abu Dhabi. The prophet’s hair with Mr Ahmed Qasraji is exhibited every year under his leadership, he added.In another instance, Kanthapuram Musliyar is reported to have said that Dr AhmedQasraji is closely related to the Panakkad Thangal family. Late Panakkad Muhammedali Shihab Thangal had made all arrangements when Muhammed Qasraji, father ofAhmed Qasraji, visited Kerala for medical treatment. Mr Qasraji was a minister then and his family stayed for a month in the house of Muslim League general secretary PK Kunjalikkutty. There is a special room in the Qasrajis house to preserve the ‘Prophet’s hair’. Scholars from different parts of the world are invited when the hair is exhibited to the public twice a year. In such circumstances, it is hard to believe when somebody says something pointing to a letter by a brother. Headded that he had understood the origin of the letter and would reveal it if needed later. Kanthapuram also said that those who make this a controversy are disappointed that they cannot build such a mosque.Muslim League president and leader of the EK Sunni group, Panakkad Syed Hyderali

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