Syed Mohd Islam, a Muslim man living in Uttar Pradesh’s Azamgarh district has decided to gift an ancient coin made of ‘Ashtadhatu’ (eight metal alloy) for the Ram temple construction in Ayodhya. The coin has an image of Lord Ram, Sita and Hanuman inscribed on it and its value is said to be several lakhs of rupees. According to Islam, who lives in the Sitaram locality, he has found the coin while he was reconstructing his ancestral home in the village.” Also Read - 'Should be Embarrased to Even Mention...' India Rubbishes Pakistan's Criticism Over Ram Temple
On November 30, 2019, when the plinth of the house was being dug, we found these two coins. I decided to gift them for the temple construction. I will soon be going to Ayodhya and will hand over the coin to Mahant Nritya Gopal Das who is the chairman of the Ram Teerth Kshetra Trust that will construct the Ram temple,” he said. Also Read - Despite Coronavirus Threat, UP to Hold Ram Navami Mela in Ayodhya; 10 Lakhs Pilgrims Expected
However, recently, when he went out for some work, his wife Kaneeza Fatima went to a local jeweller and sold off one coin for Rs 3 lakhs. Islam further said that he will request the Mahant to sell the coin and use the amount in the construction of the temple. He hopes that his contribution to the construction will encourage other Muslims to make similar contributions and present a perfect example of communal harmony. Also Read - 'Will Offer Rs 1 Crore For Building Ram Temple,' Says Uddhav Thackeray in Ayodhya
A day after Ram Mandir Trust met for the first time to decide the final date for the construction of ram Temple on Ayodhya, AAP spokesperson Saurabh Bhardwaj said he will make a formal request to the Ram Mandir Trust to build a grand statue of Lord Hanuman at Ayodhya.
(With inputs from IANS)