Literary Evidence on the Destruction of Ram Temple
Now, what is the evidence that we have, literary evidence of the temple being destroyed at Ayodhya. There are a large number of histories that were written in the 18th and 19th centuries. In Arabic, Persian and lastly in Urdu, not one of these history says that Babri Masjid was built on vacant land. All the Persian, Arabic, Urdu histories written in the 18th and 19th century clearly say that Babar ordered the destruction of the Ram temple and then ordered a mosque to be built at that side. Not one book says otherwise. I am talking about Arabic, Persian and Urdu sources and many scholars have listed these sources.
There is one particular book that I would like to refer to, it is called the Tarikh-e-Avadhi, it was written in 1869, but was published in 1969, about a 100 years later. The person who wrote this book was an eye witness. He lived in the reign of the last Nawaab of Awadh and was an eye witness to many developments that took place there and he writes that, now the Hindus have started paying bribes to the people in charge of the Babri Masjid and have started worshiping inside the Masjid also. So, all the evidence that we have, the literary accounts of Arabic, Persian and written in Arabic, Persian and Urdu say that it was a temple that was destroyed and Masjid was built on that. And this last particular text also says Hindus bribe the officials, government officials, Muslim government officials, and have now started worshipping in Babri Masjid also.
Then what are the other references that we have in Persian, we have Abul Fazal, the official historian of Akbar. He says that Ayodhya is very sacred land because lord Ram was born there and Ram Navmi, at Ram Navmi, lots and lots of people go to pay their homage at Ayodhya. So, this is another source written in Persian. There is one more interesting evidence, in 1600, Akbar had given 6 Beeghaas of land to hanuman teela for some construction work. One hundred years later that grant of Akbar had to be renewed. So, in 1723, all the documents were checked and the Mughal ruler at that time said the grant should be renewed. So, the scribe, scribe means somebody has to write the renewal grant; so, that scribe says that this grant which was given by Akbar in 1600 is now being renewed in 1723 and I, the scribe, I am writing this from the Janmabhoomi of Ram. So, the scribe who is writing this document in Persian in 1723 also says that I am writing this from the Janmabhoomi of Ram. So, what I have said so far is that no work in Arabic, Persian or Urdu says that Babri Masjid was built on vacant land and we have Persian authorities like Abul Fazal and the scribe saying that Ayodhya is sacred because it is the birth place of Ram so that is being acknowledged.
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