India’s top court won’t re-examine if mosques are essential to Islam

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The Supreme Court today declined to refer the question that “a mosque as a place of prayer is an essential part of Islam” to a Constitution bench. The crucial verdict also paved the way for holding the hearing on title suit on October 29. The 1994 judgement of the Supreme Court had observed that “a mosque is not an essential part of the practice of the religion of Islam and namaz can be offered anywhere, even in the open”. The apex court’s decision today will be on a raft of petitions by a few Muslim groups challenging this 1994 judgement.