No Namaz at Taj Mahal complex by non-residents of the city: Supreme Court

The Supreme Court on July 9 dismissed a plea challenging the Agra authority’s order debarring non-residents of the city from offering Friday prayers at a mosque in the Taj Mahal complex.

A bench of Justices A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan said that the Taj Mahal is one of the seven wonders of the world and people have several other mosques to offer their prayers.

“This (Taj Mahal) is one of the Seven Wonders of the World and we do not want this to decimate. We are dismissing it (plea),” said the bench said, adding, “There are other mosques also. They can offer their prayers there.”

The petition has challenged the January 24, 2018 order passed by the ADM (City) Agra which said 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.

Petitioner Syed Ibrahim Hussain Zaidi, president of Taj Mahal Masjid Management Committee, Agra, told the bench that several 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 court, however, rejected the argument.