Superme Court denies plea demanding Namaz offering by outsiders at Taj Mahal complex

New Delhi | The Supreme Court on Monday rejected a plea challenging the order of the Agra authority of not allowing the non-residents of the city from offering Friday prayers at a mosque in the Taj Mahal complex.

Justices A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan bench said that the the historic Taj Mahal is one of the seven wonders of the world, so it should be kept in mind that no Namaz will be offered there.

The petition challenged the January 24, 2018 order of the ADM (City) Agra which stated that those who are not residents of Agra, would not be allowed to enter the mosque situated at the Taj Mahal for offering customary prayers on Fridays on grounds of security.

Syed Ibrahim Hussain Zaidi, president of Taj Mahal Masjid Management Committee, Agra, who is also the petitioner in the case told the Apex court bench that various tourists visit Agra throughout the year and the order of ADM (Additional District Magistrate) (City), Agra restraining them from offering their prayers at the mosque inside the Taj Mahal was illegal and arbitrary.

The top court bench further said, “Why for such prayers they should go to the Taj Mahal.” “There are other mosques also. They can offer their prayers there,” the bench added.

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