The supreme court has dismissed the petition filed in the Taj Mahal to follow Namaz at Taj Mahal Mosque. The Supreme Court has said that ‘No–Namaz’ will be followed by non-locals at Taj Mahal Mosque. SC Said,”Taj Mahal, which is one of the seven important heritage of the world, People can pray namaz in other mosques. On this issue, The Agra administration had issued an order that only local people(Agra residents) can follow the namaz in the Taz Mahal mosque which is built in the Taj Mahal campus. Local people who have come to pray Namaz must also come with their identity card. The Agra administration had taken this order to maintain and track the updates of the security system in the Taj Mahal complex.
Juma(Friday) prayers are followed on every Friday in the Taj Mahal Mosque. The administration was notified that outsiders also coming here to pray namaz. Considering the security parameters and threats, the administration has made the rule for local people to allow them to go with their identity card. SC bench comprising Justices A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan gave this order to Agra administration.
The order of the Agra administration was challenged in the Supreme Court to stop the outsiders from paying Friday prayers in the mosque. It was said in the petition that all Muslims have the right to offer prayers in the mosque. It was challenged in the Supreme Court by the Chairman of the Taj Mahal Masjid Management Committee Syed Ibrahim Hussain Zaidi. The petitioner said that many tourists come to Agra for the whole year and ordered to stop them from studying prayers in the mosque situated inside the Taj Mahal is arbitrary and illegal. By responding on it, The bench asked, why should they go to Taj Mahal for this prayer? There are also other mosques. They can read Namaz there.
Taj Mahal remains closed for tourists on Friday. The administration said that they had received information that some Bangladeshi and non-Indians were also going for the prayers in the Taj Campus. Therefore, for security reasons, the administration has directed that only local people can enter the campus who are from Agra and they have to show their identity card. It was said by the local administration that immediately after the filing of an outsider it should be given to him.