On December 17, members of the Trust formed for the construction of the mosque that is to replace the Babri Masjid said that new mosque's blueprint will be unveiled this Saturday, December 19, and its foundation will be laid on Republic Day.
"The Trust chose January 26, 2021, for laying the foundation stone of the Ayodhya mosque as on this day our constitution came into effect over seven decades ago. Our Constitution is based on pluralism, which is the leitmotif of our mosque project," said Athar Hussain, secretary of the Indo-Islamic Cultural Foundation (IICF).
The Sunni Waqf Board set up the IICF six months ago to build the mosque.
Professor S M Akhtar, the chief architect of the new mosque has finalised the blueprint which will be unveiled on December 19 by the IICF. The blueprint of the mosque complex will include a multi-speciality hospital, a community kitchen, and a library.
"The mosque will have a capacity to hold 2,000 namazis at a time, and the structure will be round-shaped," Akhtar told PTI.
After the Supreme Court, in a historic verdict, had ordered for the construction of a Ram Temple at the disputed Ram Janambhoomi-Barbri Masjid site at Ayodhya, UP. In the same proceeding, it had directed the Centre to allocate an alternative five-acre plot to the Sunni Waqf Board for building a new mosque at a ‘prominent’ place in the town in Uttar Pradesh. The state government then allotted a five-acre land in Dhannipur village in Sohaval Tehsil of Ayodhya.
The 'Kar-Sevaks' had demolished the Babri Masjid in December 1992 because they believed that the mosque had been built on a site that used to be an ancient Ram temple.
"The new mosque will be bigger than Babri Masjid, but won't be a lookalike of the structure. The hospital will take centre stage in the complex. It will serve humanity in the true spirit of Islam as taught by the Prophet in his last sermon 1,400 years ago," Akhtar said.
"The hospital won't be a usual concrete structure but will be in sync with the architecture of the mosque, replete with calligraphy and Islamic symbols. It will house a 300-bed speciality unit, where doctors will work with missionary zeal to provide free treatment to the ailing," he said. "The mosque will be self-efficient for power as it is designed based on solar energy and a natural temperature maintenance system.", he also added.
“When we talk about the hospital project at Dhannipur, one thing is sure that it will be a multi speciality hospital," Hussain said.
"We can establish a nursing and paramedic college to provide human resources to the hospital. We can manage doctors from local resources from Faizabad, and for specialised needs in terms of critical surgeries, we have a group of doctor friends in prominent government and private institutions who want to offer their services," he said.
"We are looking forward to corporate funding for the hospital. There are many donors who are willing to contribute when we have 80 G approval. After that, we will go for FCRA and seek foreign funds from Muslims of Indian origin," the IICF secretary added.
The community kitchen inside the mosque complex will also serve good quality food to meet the needs of nourishment of the poor people who live nearby.