Over 100 religious leaders from India and abroad will Saturday attend a ceremony at the Jama Masjid here when the son of Shahi Imam Syed Ahmed Bukhari will be anointed the Naib Imam of the 17th century mosque.
Petitioners in the case against Jama Masjid Shahi Imam Syed Ahmed Bukhari have asked the Delhi High Court to abolish the term 'Shahi', adding that in a democratic country, the phrase has no significance.
Former MP Syed Shahabuddin today questioned the legality of Shahi Imam of Delhi's Jama Masjid anointing his son as his deputy and successor, contending that since Jama Masjid is a Wakf property, Shahi Imam Ahmed Bukhari cannot appoint his son as Naib Imam.
The central government and Wakf Board Thursday told the Delhi High Court that the anointment ceremony of Jama Masjid Shahi Imam's son as the Naib Imam (deputy Imam) was "illegal" and has no legal sanctity.
The Centre on Wednesday told the Delhi High Court that Mughal-era mosque Jama Masjid is a Wakf property and it has to decide how the rule of primogeniture applies on anointment of new Shahi Imam, which has come under challenge.
An application has been moved in a court here against Shahi Imam of Delhi's Jama Masjid Syed Ahmed Bukhari for not inviting Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his son's anointment as the next chief cleric.
Lok Janshakti Party leader Abdul Khaliq on Friday condemned the Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid for not inviting Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the anointment ceremony of his son, saying it has exposed him as a "mindless and cynical" person who "in no way" represents common Muslims.
Shahi Imam of Delhi's Jama Masjid Syed Ahmed Bukhari Thursday triggered a controversy by inviting Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif as well as political leaders in India but not Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the anointment ceremony of his son on November 22.
Jammu and Kashmir minister Ghulam Ahmed Mir said Shahi Imam of Delhi`s Jama Masjid Syed Ahmad Bukhari`s decision to support his Congress party was "a patriotic one and in right direction at the right time".