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Maulana Kaleem Siddiqui (HA)

Alhum­do­lil­lah, to this day 29 of the Kar­se­vaks (Hin­du vol­un­teers) involved in the destruc­tion of Babri Masjid have accept­ed Islam.

The lead par­tic­i­pa­tor from the ones who destroyed Babri Masjid is with us and part of (our) Dawah. Mas­ter Mohammed Amir, who first used the sledge­ham­mer on the Mosque brick­work and organ­ised “uri­na­tion” on Babri Masjid is part of our team.

Of these 29, is Lala Muham­mad Umar who was present and active from the time of open­ing the lock of Babri Masjid to set­ting the foun­da­tion stone for con­ver­sion (to Mandir). He is from the Hardoi dis­trict. Lala Muham­mad Umar not only active­ly par­tic­i­pat­ed in the destruc­tion of Babri Masjid but used to cer­e­mo­ni­ous­ly cel­e­brate “Day of Vic­to­ry” every year on the 6th of December.

He told us that on the 6th of Decem­ber 1993 when he cel­e­brat­ed the first Day of Vic­to­ry” by organ­is­ing a feast for 4,500 peo­ple and had 23 sep­a­rate dish­es cooked for the guests. He had spent 2.5 Mil­lion Rupees from his per­son­al finances to cel­e­brate the occasion.

Then his life began to take a turn for the worst.

His son died in a car acci­dent. He was a busi­ness­man and his busi­ness suf­fered immea­sur­ably. His house caught fire.

He realised that some­thing had gone wrong and start­ed study­ing Islam and was ready to con­vert in 2005. How­ev­er until 2009, he came on wan­der­ing around look­ing for some­one to help him con­vert. Why? Because we have a con­spir­a­tional mind set and when­ev­er he told his sto­ry to peo­ple they didn’t trust or believe me.

These peo­ple (look­ing to con­vert) are patients and we are the Doc­tors and the patients are look­ing for Doc­tors. How­ev­er, our thought process is not of Dawah (of a doc­tor) but we have a “con­spir­a­tional mind”.

Lala Muham­mad Umar found out about Mas­ter Amir so he start­ed search­ing for him. The address was wrong but he roamed the streets for 3 days look­ing for Mas­ter Amir and did not give up.

I was in Maha­rash­tra and received a phone call from Mas­ter Mohammed Amir that Lala Muham­mad Umar has found me, I have giv­en him Sha­hadah but you should check that the Sha­hadah is cor­rect and he also wants an Islam­ic name.

I named him after Sayyiduna Umar (RA).

Lala Muham­mad Umar told me that after the destruc­tion of Babri Masjid and on account of cel­e­bra­tions I had per­son­al­ly spent 2.5 Mil­lion Rupees. He also said that he had giv­en a check in the amount of 2.5 Mil­lion Rupees to Mas­ter Mohammed Amir to build a Mosque where it is need­ed. He then with sin­cer­i­ty and regret told me, “Hazrat, make Dua that Allah Ta’ala removes my name from the list of Mosque destroy­ers and adds it to the list of Mosque builders.”

From Balbir Singh to Mohammed Amir: Mission to build 100 Mosques

Once an ardent sup­port­er of saf­fron, Bal­bir Singh alias Mohammed Aamir, had par­tic­i­pat­ed in the demo­li­tion of the Babari Masjid in Ayo­d­hya. Today, Aamir builds and pro­tects masjids across India.

Aamir had wit­nessed the polit­i­cal tur­moil in the coun­try that took place post Babri Masjid demolition.

Aamir was born in a vil­lage near Pani­pat, where his father Daulat Ram, a fol­low­er of Gand­hi, was a school teacher. With his fam­i­ly, he lat­er shift­ed to Pani­pat, where he was inspired by Bala Saheb Thack­er­ay and joined Shiv Sena. He was also inspired by the ide­ol­o­gy of Rashtriya Swayam­se­vak Sangh (RSS) and was a reg­u­lar attendee of a sakha in Panipat.

Aamir, a for­mer Shiv Sena leader from Pani­pat, Haryana often recalls the fate­ful day of Decem­ber 6, 1992, that marked the demo­li­tion of Babri Masjid.

Aamir said that along with his friend Mohammed Umar, for­mer­ly Yogen­dra Pal, he had vowed to con­struct the Sri Ram Mandir at Ayo­d­hya demol­ish­ing the masjid. Today, the two are ful­fill­ing their pledge to ren­o­vate 100 mosques, in an attempt to purge them­selves of their sins.

On Decem­ber 1, 1992, Aamir reached Ayo­d­hya to join thou­sands of kar sevaks com­ing from across the coun­try. On Decem­ber 6 that year, accord­ing to Aamir, he was the first man to climb the mid­dle dome.

We feared that the army might have been deployed in large num­ber. But on ground there was hard­ly any secu­ri­ty, that gave us a boost and we were men­tal­ly pre­pared to demol­ish the masjid that day,” said Mohammed Aamir.

Aamir along with many oth­er kar sevaks from Soni­pat and Pani­pat demol­ished the dome with spades and pickaxes.

When I reached my home town Pani­pat after that I was giv­en a hero’s wel­come by the peo­ple,” Aamir said.

But at home, my fam­i­ly’s reac­tion shocked me. My sec­u­lar fam­i­ly denounced my actions. I had par­tic­i­pat­ed in the kar seva because I felt strong­ly about it, but I real­ized lat­er that I was wrong.”

Mohammed Aamir, born a Rajput, said, “I real­ized that I had tak­en law in my hands and vio­lat­ed the con­sti­tu­tion of India. Guilty, I embraced Islam.”

Aamir is mar­ried to a Mus­lim woman and runs a school to spread the teach­ings of Islam. Mohammed Aamir and Mohammed Umar have togeth­er built 90 mosques so far.

Aamir added that he was ready to tes­ti­fy before the con­cerned author­i­ties and face any pun­ish­ment given.