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Now, Shias stake claim of Taj

Wednesday 8 June 2005

Now, Shias stake claim of Taj - The Times of India The Times of India Online

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PTI[ WEDNESDAY, JUNE 08, 2005 07:33:55 PM ]

LUCKNOW: Adding a fresh twist to ongoing controversy over ownership of the Taj Mahal, the Shia community has claimed that the 17th century monument of love was a Shia property as Mumtaz Mahal in whose memory it was built hailed from that community.

"The Taj Mahal is a Shia Waqf and we have ample proof to buttress our claim," senior member of the All-India Shia Personal Law Board, Syed Mustafa Hussain Rizvi, said.

He claimed that Mumtaz Mahal, the wife of the Mughal king Shahjahan, was a Shia.

Although Shahjahan was a Sunni, he had been buried in accordance with Shia rites and the Sunnis had not offered the Namaz-e-janaza for the Mughal king, claimed Rizvi.

To substantiate his claim further, Rizvi said Mumtaz Mahal, who was also known as Arjumand Bano, was earlier buried at a different place and later on at the Taj Mahal.

This system of burying someone temporarily and later transferring the body to another place was prevalent among the Shias and not the Sunnis, he explained.

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