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Fifteen People Hurt In Twin Jama Masjid Blasts in New Delhi

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Nine people were hurt, one seriously, following two explosions within the ancient Jama Masjid mosque in New Delhi, India. The blasts occurred soon after Friday prayers had ended and were near a pond used by worshippers. They were reportedly caused by explosive devices, consisting of easily available chemicals within plastic-wrapped tin containers. There was a stampede as people fled the scene, and more rushed in from surrounding areas. A large police force has been deployed and movements in the area restricted. (Note: There is already a Wikipedia article on the blasts)

Image and video hosting by TinyPic“The second blast went off as people were helping those injured and if this is not a terror attack then what is?” Imam Bukhari, the Shahi Imam of the Mosque said. “There is anger among our people but I am appealing to them to maintain calm.”

There were about a thousand people at the mosque on the first Friday after Prophet Mohammed’s birthday and also the first Friday after the South Park episode “Cartoon Wars” which paid tribute to the hit series Family Guy, and took on the Muhammad cartoons issue, featuring Ayman Al-Zawahiri’s response. The episode did not actually show Muhammad. Instead, the actual footage of Muhammad is replaced in the South Park episode with a black screen showing only centered, small, white print reading, “In this shot, Muhammad hands a football helmet to Family Guy,” and successively, “Comedy Central has refused to broadcast an image of Muhammad on their network.”. This is apparently true, and the network did indeed censor the show.

The mosque, the Masjid-i Jahan Numa, or “the mosque commanding a view of the world” was commissioned in 1656 by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. It stands on a hill called Bho Jhala at a distance of about 500m west of the Red Fort. The red sandstone and marble mosque has a grand courtyard which can hold more than 20,000 worshippers. King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia had offered to pay for repairs of the mosque on his visit to India earlier this year.

The city is calm as political and religious leaders have promised to track down the perpetrators while raising alert levels across the country. The blasts come a month after bomb blasts in the city of Varanasi, considered holy by Hindus.

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    Do INdian Muslims identify themselves as Sunni or Shi’a, or is there another branch?
    I know I shouldn’t, but I always think of Muslims being primarily Arab, or Persian, as that is what I am most familiar with. I know that India, as well as Indonesia have very large Muslim populations, but I know very little about those 2 regions as opposed to the Middle East.
    Aaman, how do the Muslims of India differ from Arab Muslims in significant ways other than the language? I haven’t been to India, unfortunately, so I have no idea of the feel for the people of that country as opposed to the Arab world.

  • Most Indian Muslims are either Shia or Sunni. There is a wide chasm between the Muslim richer and poorer classes – opportunities are unlimited in modern India, yet few Muslims avail of them. The Muslim conquest of India was bloody, yet fused it into a single country.

    There are many Sufi shrines, although %-wise, Indian Muslims are almost entirely Sunni (probably 90%). Culturally, they are quite integrated, although follow their own civil code.

  • Ruvy in Jerusalem

    Aaman, given what you say, it is unforgiveable that a mosque in India should be attacked in a terror bombing.

  • Karam Chand Ramrakha

    How does it happen that Tamerlaine in his Memoirs describes Old Delhi including the mosque and history tells us that Shah Jahan built it ? And as for the Taj Mahal the lady of the Taj lies buried on the third floor of a seven storey edifice which is intact and has a Hindu Kalash ( lota, nariyal and aam ke patta .. brass bowl coconut and mango leaf on top.. this shows that Shah Jahan built nothing but took ancient Vedic/Hindu edifices and claimed he built it… it is all comong out now that history