In what could be safely termed as serendipity, a 300-year-old masjid situated in an area called Argara, which has been lying unattended, and whose structure is in a crumbling condition, would be rebuilt on a piece of land that belongs to Hanumangarhi temple in Ayodhya.

This has been reported after the local civic body had pronounced the Aalamgiri Masjid as 'hazardous' and pasted a notice banning entry into the building.
To the pleasant and unexpected surprise of the local Muslim community, the Hanumangarhi temple trust, which owns the land over which the masjid stands not only allowed its reconstruction but also offered to bear the expenses that will go into the renovation work of the masjid. Moreover, the temple authorities have also welcomed Muslims to offer namaz in the premises.

The Aalamgiri Masjid was built by one of the generals of Mughal emperor Aurangzeb in 17th century. In circa 1765, Nawab Shujauddaulah donated the land to the temple, on the condition that namaz would continue at the masjid.

But with the passage of time, the practice of offering namaz came to an end and since then the masjid has been lying neglected with no repair or maintenance. Hense, Ayodhya municipal board banned entry into the masjid and put up a notice on its wall conveying the same. The move of the municipal board moved a group of local Muslims who met Hanumangarhi's chief priest Mahant Gyan Das, requesting him to grant them the permission to repair the masjid. And they were happily surprised by the response of Mahant Gyan Das.

Not only the temple management allowed the local Muslims to get the masjid reconstructed but also offered to bear the cost. "I asked our Muslim brothers to renovate and reconstruct the masjid on our expense and also issued no-objection certificate for Muslims to offer namaz as this is also a 'Khuda ka ghar'," said Mahant Gyan Das.

"I am also extending support to renovation of a mausoleum on the premises which is as old as the masjid," added Gyan Das, who has also been holding iftar for Ayodhya Muslims during the Islamic holy month of Ramzan.

According to historian Roshan Taqui, "After the battle of Buxar in 1764, Shujauddaulah, the Nawab of Awadh moved his capital from Faizabad to Lucknow. During his reign in Faizabad he had already donated the land in Ayodhya for construction of Hanumangarhi temple. After he shifted to Lucknow, a delegation of mahants visited him and appealed for more land, the nawab donated four pucca bighas of land that already had on it a masjid built by Mughal emperor Aurangzeb."