A man who was involved in the demolition of the Babri Mosque in India in 1992 has converted to Islam and built 90 Mosques to make up for his misdeeds, Anadolu Agency reported.
“I had pledged to build the temple in the name of Lord Ram at the site of Babri Mosque. After realizing blunder, I pledged to wash my sins, by constructing 100 mosques,” Balbir Singh said.
Singh was one of a large group of Hindu activists from the ultra-nationalist Hindu Vishva Hindu Parishad who demolished the Babri Mosque in the Indian city of Ayodha on December 6, 1992.
The Islamophobic attack caused widespread protests and inter-communal rioting which led to the death of 2000 people.
“After destroying the mosque, we went back to our homes and were treated like heroes. My family’s reaction, however, shocked me,” Amir said.
“Their disappointment in me is when the euphoria I felt after demolishing the mosque disappeared. I realized I did something very bad and I decided to go on a journey of healing.”
Soon after the incident, Singh said that he went into self-examination.
“I came in contact with Maulana Kaleem Siddiqui through Yogendra Pal. His behavior and way of understanding led me to soul-searching. On June 1, 1993, I embraced Islam,” he said.
Today, Singh, now called Mohammed Amir, is married to a Muslim woman and runs a school to spread Islamic teachings to a wide audience in the city of Hyderabad.
He has built 90 mosques so far with his colleague Yogendra Pal.
The Babri mosque was a mosque in Ayodhya, India at a site believed by some Hindus to be the birthplace of Hindu deity Rama.
It has been a focus of a dispute between the Hindu and Muslim communities since the 18th century.
According to the mosque’s inscriptions, it was built in 1528–29 (935 AH) by general Mir Baqi, on orders of the Mughal emperor Babur.