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New Delhi: Balbir Singh to Mohammed Amir - Kar Sevak takes unusual turnaround


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New Delhi, Jan 1: Balbir Singh held masters degrees in history, political science and English. During the 25 years since he was a Kar Sevak and got involved with the demolition of Babri Masjid, he has transformed into a orator who can speak authoritatively about Islam. His name also has changed into Mohammed Amir during this period.

Balbir was born into a Rajput family near Panipat. His father was a school teacher who followed Gandhian principles. His father was hell bent on making Muslims living in the area feel safe and secure, having witnessed the deaths and devastations associated with partition.

Balbir's family shifted to Panipat for the education of children. During his stay there, Balbir got associated with Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and attended its Shakhas. He later joined Shiv Sena and like his elder brother, got involved with loom business. He also got married but continued with his studies. For the family which cherished soft Gandhian views, Balbir was unique as he followed RSS ideals.


Mohammed Amir - now


Mohammed Amir as Balbir Singh years back (inset) and in 1991 (on left)

Balbir and his family did not visit temples as his father did not believe in idol worship. He says that the people thought him to be hardcore Hindu activist but he was not. He went to Ayodhya with other Kar Sevaks in 1992 and hit the Babri Masjid structure with a pickaxe with others. On his return, he got a hero's welcome at Panipat. As his father was furious at what he did, and said that that either he or his son would live in the house, Balbir left home. He lived in fields and deserted corners. He returned home after two months after coming to know that his father was no more. But his family said his father had directed them not to allow Balbir to attend his funeral. He also found that his close friend, Yogendra Pal, who was with him during his Ayodhya trip, had embraced Islam to ward off mad thoughts.

Balbir travelled to Sonepat at the instance of Yogendra Pal, met Maulana Kalim Siddiqui, got converted into Islam and embraced the new name, Mohammed Amir. He leart Arabic, studied Quran, and taught English at Madrassa. In 1993, his wife came back to him and converted into Islam. After his elder brother's wife died, he convinced his wife to get remarried to his elder brother. “My brother had children who would have become motherless. If not for her they would not have been able to cope. I owe her a great debt.” says Amir.

Later, Mohammed Amir married a widow named Shahnaz Begum.. He got engaged with restoring and rebuilding mosques in north India, most of them in Mewat region, and built with help from Waliyullah Trust. He says there are many mosques about which government departments too do not know, and he goes searching for them, cleans them, begins worships there and start madrassas. He has set a target of repairing and rebuilding 100 mosques for himself.

Amir says he identifies that education is neglected by Muslims and he is particular that they should get educated. He keeps teaching people to be peaceful, as peace is what he got from Islam. He adds that he teaches the virtue of forgiving others, in spite of being powerful enough to retaliate. Amir can be said to be on the long path of forgiving self and living in peace.

 


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  • Rocks, Mangalore

    Tue, Jan 2 2018

    If he (God) wills anything can happen . . . This is just an example...

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  • Vincent Rodrigues, Bengaluru/Katapadi

    Tue, Jan 2 2018

    Quite interesting,surroundings he had and the way he brought might have been the main effect ion his present activity

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  • Sainik, Mangalore

    Tue, Jan 2 2018

    Will smith has accepted Islam by his own will.
    Just like any other muslim he respects other religion but it doesn't mean he will convert to Hinduism.
    Do not misquote his comments on the bhagavad gita but respect the fact that he has praised the religious book of Hindus which obviously RSS doesn't understand.

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  • Chris, Tel Aviv

    Tue, Jan 2 2018

    lol Yeah and Donald trump accepted Islam too yesterday .

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  • Sainik, Mangalore

    Tue, Jan 2 2018

    In sha allah!!
    It is always a joke till they actually embrace it.
    Will smith accepting islam was also a joke to u.. no??

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  • Rajesh, Udupi

    Tue, Jan 2 2018

    Well, when people say my book is ultimate, my god final.. so such people accept when a follower is not happy and looking for solace in Krisna? Strange.. lol

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  • Mohammad Arif, Al/Khobar, Mangalore

    Tue, Jan 2 2018

    People are converting
    Islam after reading Quran
    The Quran isn't a miraculous text. Many people mistake the Quran for a miracle because no one has been able to produce something a surah like it. Obviously you cannot produce something like the Quran, The Quran was written in classical Arabic . The Allah's word

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  • Rajesh, Udupi

    Tue, Jan 2 2018

    Hollywood actor Will Smith converted to Islam a decade back
    The same Will Smith travelled to India last month and says he channels his 'inner Arjuna' on trip and he is almost done with Gita.

    I am giving this example because even hindus don't read Veda or B-Gita and they can easily be brainwashed to take up other religions. One who has understood these scriptres, the rest of the books will look like children stories.. But not everyone is lucky like Will smith to blessed by Krishna

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  • Manju, Mumbai

    Tue, Jan 2 2018

    Nice comment, Rajesh.
    Good job

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  • Manju, Mumbai

    Tue, Jan 2 2018

    To which Islam he is converted ? .
    Hanafi/Salafi/ Wahabi? .... Khojas , shia ,Sunni, Sufi, bohra
    So that one can convert to a right and true Islam.
    Reaching Heaven will be easy

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  • rolf, Dubai

    Tue, Jan 2 2018

    He converted to the Religion where there worship the Creator not his Created what ever sect in Islam they worship one God .

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  • Chris, Tel Aviv

    Tue, Jan 2 2018

    Does he have to bow down before the black stone in Mecca ?

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  • Abubakar, Bantwal

    Tue, Jan 2 2018

    No one get peace if he/She provoking, damaging or demolishing any worshiping place of any religion.So we should respect all holy places should not harm.We should encourage to build Mandir/Masjid/Church where it is needed.If any one really has a faith/God Conscious he will not go out to disturb other faith worshiping places.Live peacefully & let others also live peacefully.

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  • Kishore, Udupi

    Tue, Jan 2 2018

    Amir father is confused lot who does not believe in statue worshipping. He did not understand Hinduism which preeches God is one and one can worship any form. Here Amir is an opportunist and he has been brain washed . Just imagine, With the financial help from Saudi he wants to repare and serve 100 Mosques. Why can't rich Saudi shelter poor Muslims in their vast country.?

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  • Nisar, Kuwait / Mangalore

    Tue, Jan 2 2018

    Al Hamdulillah...
    I heard many such Karsevak story..

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  • Ajaz, Jeddah

    Tue, Jan 2 2018

    Next ADVANI.....

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  • Roshan Patrao, Traffic Warden, Mangalore

    Tue, Jan 2 2018

    Balbir's father practiced true Hinduism, which I too have experienced since my childhood, thanks to our Hindu neighbours who looked after us like their own children. Whatever I am today, I owe it to them as much as I owe it to my parents. While the modern day Hinduism - post December 6, 1992 - is a far cry from what it was then, and what it actually should be, I feel true Hinduism or Hindutva is still alive. As for Balbir's conversion to Islam, it was his choice, and nobody has the right to dictate terms.

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  • Rajesh, Udupi

    Tue, Jan 2 2018

    There are scores of isisamic terrroits who shred terror and spoiled the life of so many innocents..
    Will they every do this? Never.. no guilt they carry.. they would be proud of harming innocents as innocents are not belivers..

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  • Saleem, mangalore/abu dhabi

    Tue, Jan 2 2018

    brother, you are uttering what media speaks. If you got any hatred against muslims that's your personal issue nobody can fix unless Allah wills. try to study about ISIS, who are they? what is their existence? where they have come from? there are many unanswered questions. please don't blindly blame Islam or muslims. May almighty Allah guide you straight path.

    regards,

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  • Rajesh, Udupi

    Tue, Jan 2 2018

    Come on dear.. how long you will continue to disown isis just becase you want to project a better picture? Isis is in purest form.. that’s how tippe or aurangjeb was, just brutally killing innocents if they don’t share same faith...

    also these people quote the exact lines from the holybook after killing innocents. But yes, many people disown them in public but heroworship them only privately for the reasons known..

    I am saddened as no one wants to bring reforms that can guide the terroists to lead peaceful ways. Among hinduss we had reformers due to which we got away from Sati, devdasi, animal sacrifice, untouchability etc to a great extent. Hope someone comes out and say ‘yes we do have problems and we will reform’.

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  • kas, Mangalore

    Tue, Jan 2 2018

    Why your brain is not recollecting the number of people killed in the wars of Ashoka, Kalinga, Vikramadtyas, chalukyas.... do not be selective in your approach ...

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  • kas, Mangalore

    Tue, Jan 2 2018

    Quote ......and say ‘yes we do have problems and we will reform’.

    Why cant you admit the economic ills and blunders of the present govt and go to correct it... instead of harping on the personal matters of public .... Let the personal matters be remain inside the chaddis only .....

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  • Rajesh, Udupi

    Tue, Jan 2 2018

    Why your brain is not able to understand he diffenrece between war vs surprise attack innocent men and woman who are preparing for Dewali? War kills people all over the world, but the islamist terroists like aurangejeb does not believe in head on war, but attack innocents and claim victory
    is chaddiless means brainless also?

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  • Rajesh, Udupi

    Tue, Jan 2 2018

    Mahatma Gandhiji’s very son, returned back to hinduims within a short while after realizing his fault.. But today it is not easy to come back due to fear of being beheaded.

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  • Abhi, Kudla

    Mon, Jan 1 2018

    This is called an Perfect Brainwash

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  • Raju, Karkala

    Mon, Jan 1 2018

    He should go to Iraq to fight with American army. By this he can square off his mistake

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  • VALERIAN RODRIGUES, UJIRE

    Mon, Jan 1 2018

    THIS IS NOT A BIG ISSUE.ONE WHO FIGHTS FOR RELIGION REALLY HE IS STUPID.

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  • SMR, Karkala

    Mon, Jan 1 2018

    Singh’s transformation is all the more dramatic as he is known as the first karsevak on the dome to raze the Babri mosque for which he received a hero’s welcome as he returned to his home town, Panipat. Two bricks were carried back by him which are still kept in the Shiv Sena’s office there.

    Guidance to the truth is in the hand of Allah alone and no human being has any share in that, as Allah said to His Messenger (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) (interpretation of the meaning):

    “Verily, you (O Muhammad) guide not whom you like, but Allah guides whom He wills. And He knows best those who are the guided.”Chapter [al-Qasas 28:56] Holy Quran.

    For some former kar sevaks bringing down the Babri Masjid is now no longer a matter of pride but one of anguish. Once fiercely determined to the cause of the Ram temple these men have have embraced Islam in a bid to find forgiveness.
    It isn’t just Balbir Singh or Yogendra Pal that are haunted by their past, other kar sevaks too are doing their best to exorcise the memories of shame and guilt. Shive Prasad, a former youth leader of the Bajrang Dal in Ayodhya, is one of them. Prasad had given training to about 4,000 kar sevaks and he and his team had actively participated in pulling down the Babri Masjid on December 6, 1992.

    Within a year after the demolition, Prasad went deep into depression, suffering bouts of hallucination, blaming himself for having committed an “unforgivable sin.” Prasad visited psychiatrists, tantriks and saints but there was no peace in his mind. For the next five years, he lived the life of a recluse and in 1997, he went to Sharjah to seek employment. In 1999, he formally embraced Islam in Sharjah and became Mohammed Mustafa.
    It is true that in the case of ex-Karsevak from the contest of Holy Scripture Allah guides whom He wills.
    Jai Hind

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  • Rajesh, Mangalore

    Mon, Jan 1 2018

    There are likewise hard core muslims have abandoned their faiths. Since leaving islam punishable crime in islamic countries they don't dare to tell their apostasy. Take the example Nabeel qureshi of US and Ali sina. Ali sina had to go hiding into Canada as he knows he will be killed in his native country.

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  • rolf, Dubai

    Tue, Jan 2 2018

    Rajesh. please inform all your cheddi Bhakath to boycott Petrol / Desil/ oil/Gas so you people can teach lesson to Islamic state. Better do that don't waste your valuable money.

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  • Satyameva Jayathe, Mangalore

    Tue, Jan 2 2018

    If a Hindu becomes Muslim then he has found the truth and is treated as a hero and all he looses is his foreskin.

    However, when many Muslims leave Islam they called traitors and Muslims go for his head, for it is death penalty for those who leave Islam.

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  • Rajesh, Mangalore

    Tue, Jan 2 2018

    Why God should guide whom he wills. An impartial god should guide everybody after all the stakes made as believed is eternal hellfire.

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  • Naveen, Planet earth

    Mon, Jan 1 2018

    When someone becomes a muslim it becomes a breaking news. However when muslims join other religions nobody notices it. Aljazeera ( muslim news paper)reported that 60 million people in Africa and Arab world have abandoned islam for christianity. Many in strict arab coutries are secretly atheists and pretend to be muslims. There are many Muslims in India who have left islam for Hinduism. A person leaving or many people leaving Hinduism does not make Hinduism wrong. Good luck to balbir Singh aka mohammad amir

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  • Ahmed K. C., Mangalore

    Tue, Jan 2 2018

    Quote "When someone becomes a muslim it becomes a breaking news"
    NO, NO,
    When a fundamental radical Hindu leaves his faith in Hinduism and embraces the faith he once hated, this becomes a news.

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  • alwyn, canada

    Tue, Jan 2 2018

    all religions are fake. Just a money making and fooling people. believe in yourself and nobody,

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  • Nawaz, Udupi/ Kuwait

    Tue, Jan 2 2018

    @Alwyn,
    In Islam, one must compulsory give (when he crosses a limit of minimum wealth) 2.5% of his wealth annually to the poor and needy; otherwise he is considered to committing a biggest sin. So it's proved that Islam is not a money making religion.

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  • Mustak, Udupi/Ajman

    Mon, Jan 1 2018

    Masha Allah
    Best way to realizing the mistake done and choosing right path to correct it.

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  • Harold D'cunha, Mangalore, India

    Mon, Jan 1 2018

    When you willfully destroys others property, life without any reason, the guilt always pricks till eternity. Here the same has happened to Balbir Singh who has destroyed Babri Majid in 1992. But the innocent lives and their cries might be echoing his soul and that is surely made him to convert to Islam and change his name to Mohammed Amir.

    Truth always wins over lies. Hope Balbir Singh / Mohammed Amir will sow the seed of love, brotherhood and humanity.

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  • Kumar, Kinnigoli

    Mon, Jan 1 2018

    MAY BE IN FUTURE MR. KALYAN SINGH ALSO WILL CONVERT TO ISLAM.

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  • moshu, mangaluru

    Mon, Jan 1 2018

    Which jehad made him to embrace Islam? Any answer bhakthjano? Wish all karsevak repent for the sin and follow his path. Phir to hamara bharath dhanya hojayega.

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  • S.M. Nawaz Kukkikatte, Dubai

    Mon, Jan 1 2018

    Only realized people can understand fact of truth

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  • She, Karkala

    Mon, Jan 1 2018

    Satyameva Jayate

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Mon, Jan 1 2018

    Luckily complain did not go to Union Defense Minister ...

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  • Kishore Kumar, Mangaluru

    Mon, Jan 1 2018

    This unusual turnaround can only happen in India. Can anybody think of a person from Egypt/Pakistan/Bangladesh/Saudi involved in destruction of minority religious places of worship getting converted to the same minority religion? Next day he will be no more.

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  • Rolf, Dubai

    Mon, Jan 1 2018

    This is known as true love jihad in islam . My god bless him many more to come .

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  • sudhi, Mangalore

    Mon, Jan 1 2018

    1/150000 not bad...
    But I think Love Jihad is more effective...

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  • AHMED, ALHASSA KAUP

    Mon, Jan 1 2018

    HE IS PURE MUSLIM MAY ALLAH BLESS

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  • N Mukkawala, Kinnigoly

    Mon, Jan 1 2018

    who says all religions are one , god is same ?
    Any lessons from yemen, syria, iraq ,egypt, saudi, afghan , pak, somalia, ?
    Religions are loosing faith in the place of origin so option other than vigorous marketing in other places!!!

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  • Mohammed, Karkala

    Mon, Jan 1 2018

    I strongly believe Mutalik also follow the same steps

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  • kas, Mangalore

    Mon, Jan 1 2018

    May Allah bless him.and all of us ..... But thousands of innocent people have lost their lives because of such stupid acts ....( national shame )
    He can build many mosques, but can he bring back the lost lives...

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  • Shammi, Karnataka

    Mon, Jan 1 2018

    This is what I said when modiji mentioned about triple talaq,lonly women's visit to Hajj withou Mehram(father,brother,son,husband).
    I told that non muslims shoukd not poke into Islam the most divine religion.Many times case like Mohammed Amir happens.He was RSS activists ,he touched our Babari masjid and what he became.Not only him there are three more who demolished Babari masjid reverted to Islam.

    Quran chapter Al Anfal 8:30 says- "And [remember, O Muhammad], when those who disbelieved plotted against you to restrain you or kill you or evict you [from Makkah]. But they plan, and Allah plans.

    May Allah guide him and protect him. MashaAllah

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  • Don, Mangalore

    Tue, Jan 2 2018

    Dear Shammi, Karnataka

    Quran chapter Al Anfal 8:30 says - "And [remember, O Muhammad], when those who disbelieved plotted against you to restrain you or kill you or evict you [from Makkah]. But they plan, and Allah plans.

    I am confused by the above and I would request you, or anyone else to please help me understand this verse. Here is my question, and there is no offence meant:

    I fully understand that people (human beings) plot and plan against each another, and with all the planning in the world still things go wrong because nobody knows the future. God is the only one who knows the future and there is no need for Him to plan as he is God. But if you are saying that Allah also makes “plans” razes a very big question in my little mind. If Allah is God then why does he need to plan? God is all knowing. He knows the past, He knows the present and He very well knows the future.

    So if you are saying that Allah need to plan, was your deity human or was he divine?

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  • S.F.H, Indian

    Mon, Jan 1 2018

    Ma sha Allah...

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  • Aravind Shetty, Mangalore/Riyadh

    Mon, Jan 1 2018

    Well...everyone has their own choice whether it's in good deed or bad deed, but still choice is theirs. Wherever you are, whichever religion you are following, it doesn't matter but pls pls pls always upheld the humanity first. I can cay nothing but God bless you Mr. Amir because as per my view, Religion is strictly personal choice like eating, drinking etc etc and no one has any right to interfere it, otherwise the scenario will be now a days situation.

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  • Asmath, Sharjah

    Mon, Jan 1 2018

    Nice comment.

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  • mohammed, Khobar

    Mon, Jan 1 2018

    Fully agree with you... Humans should respect people of another religion and live peacefully what almost 90% of people in India Thinks...

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  • Arman, Mangalore

    Mon, Jan 1 2018

    God is gr8 ........ all who converts they lead proper Muslim life but what about born Muslims ? Are Muslims following a right path ?

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  • peacelover, India

    Mon, Jan 1 2018

    Aravind Shetty, Mangalore/Riyadh,
    Excellent comment !
    Quran says ' Lakum deenukum waliya deen ' So you follow your religion, and I’ll follow my religion.

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  • Annu, Sharjah

    Mon, Jan 1 2018

    Ma Sha Allah

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  • Annu, Sharjah

    Mon, Jan 1 2018

    Ma Sha Allah

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  • Ismail, Moodbidri

    Mon, Jan 1 2018

    May Allah bless him.

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  • Thousif, Manglore Bolar

    Mon, Jan 1 2018

    Allah Akbar. Allah is great ..

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  • JAGDISH, mumbai

    Mon, Jan 1 2018

    " Jai shree Ram "

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  • Rajesh, Mulki

    Tue, Jan 2 2018

    Two idiots fighting over their own creator... confused creatures on planet Earth...

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  • kas, Mangalore

    Tue, Jan 2 2018

    Jagdish .....Ravana was using Pushpak viman but not Rama ....

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  • mohammed amir, at now hydrabad

    Thu, Jan 4 2018

    Zazzaqallah

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