Ishtiaq Ahmed Khan said the majority of the land belonged to his family and he believed it was his responsibility to do something for the construction of the temple. “It’s a tradition in our family,” he said in an interview with ANI news agency.
The news agency also shared photos of Khan handing over the land papers.
This is not the first time a member of the minority community has donated for the temple.
Over the past two years, there have been many reports of donations from the Muslim community for the construction of the Temple of Ram in
In May last year, WS Habeeb, a Muslim businessman from Chennai, had donated Rs 1 lakh for Ram Temple in Ayodhya, the birthplace of Lord Rama.
Several members of the country’s minority community have also come forward to donate for the grand temple, construction of which began in August 2020.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi performed the bhoomi pujan for the Ayodhya temple on August 5, 2020, months after the Supreme Court settled the land ownership issue in favor of Hindus.
In the Ayodhya judgement, the SC had also ordered the government to give 5 acres of land to Muslims to build a mosque.
After the verdict, members of the Hindu community announced donations for the construction of the mosque.
The secretary of the mosque trust, Athar Hussain, had said that Rohit Srivastava of Lucknow had become the first Hindu man to donate for the construction of the mosque in Ayodhya.
Rohit donated an amount of Rs 21,000.
Speaking to YOU, Hussain said the first contribution for the construction of the mosque came “from a Hindu brother and it exemplifies the Ganga-Jamuni tehzeeb, or Indo-Islamic culture”.