He finished his morning Namaz with great devotion. In his prayers he asked Allah to give justice to each and every living creature on this planet. He took off his skull cap and washed his hands, legs and went to his study room. The study table had a book waiting for the reader since last night. He took the book in his hand, opened the page where he had left the bookmark and read
न हि कश्चित्क्षणमपि जातु तिष्ठत्यकर्मकृत् |
कार्यते ह्यवश: कर्म सर्व: प्रकृतिजैर्गुणै: || 5|| Bhagwat Geeta Chapter 3 verse 5.
(There is no one who can remain without action even for a moment. Indeed, all beings are compelled to act by their qualities born of material nature.)
Karingamannu Kuzhiyil Muhammed the member of Archaeological Survey of India has the biggest responsibility on his shoulder of finding the things dug deep into the earth since many centuries and tell the world what everybody can infer from his findings. Muhammed is in continuous process of learning Sanskrit as he always felt that Sanskrit helped an archaeologist a lot to understand more about Indian culture. He had gone through many texts like Bhagwat Geeta, Upanishads, and Vedas. More and more he read and understood Sanskrit, more he started falling in love with the language. His companions used to say that last birth of Muhammed was surely in some Brahmin’s house where for the whole day he might be reciting Sanskrit Shlokas in loud voice.
Allah has blessed him with great life and great intellect. After spending initial few years of life in Kerala, he went to study at Aligarh Muslim University. He was very hard working and focused person, whatever work he took in his hand he managed to finish it perfectly. After joining Archaeological Survey of India he became part of the team which worked on excavation of Ram Janma Bhoomi in the year 1976 where Babri Masjid was still standing. The dispute was 100 years old and now people from both faiths were having all eyes on ASI team who was undertaking the cumbersome task of excavating the disputed but a very pious land. There was a feeling in the country that either faiths had gone through injustice.
The process of excavation has started in full swing. ASI team was very much unaware in the beginning as always about what they would be finding in next few days. Even the tenure was also not clear but the passion to solve the biggest emotional, social and cultural problem for India made them work efficiently in whole process. In the beginning they found some 12 pillars below the Babri Masjid. They studied more about the pillars after carrying out carbon dating process that the pillars were of temples. KK’s study of Hindu literature helped them here. They found Purna Kalash inscribed on the pillars. The Purna Kalash symbolizes prosperity and also one of the 8 auspicious symbols in Sanatana Hindu Dharma. The team also found some idols of Hindu faith.
But to make sure that the temple was of Lord Rama, the profound study of Ramayana by K K Muhammed supported the team. The description found on ‘VishnuHari Shila Phalak’ said “this is the temple of the person who killed Bali and the 10 headed man.” Hence it was understood that the temple belonged to Lord Rama. In further excavations the ASI found more 50 pillars and also a pass way for water which was used to bathe the deity. The carbon dating process made sure that the temple was built around 12th AD. Even the writings of the travelers which were found before the Babar period (20 April 1526 – 26 December 1530) talked only about the idols and how Hindus used to pray in the Ram temple.
K K Muhammed and his team were sure that there was temple before the construction of Babri Masjid and accordingly they submitted the report to the high court. But his bigger challenge was his own community who were questioning his faith and devotion towards Islam. Hence proactively he started discussion with prominent Muslim historians and personalities in the society. In 1990 he came out and gave an open statement in Indian Express that “Ayodhya and Mathura are as important for Hindus as Mecca and Medina are for Muslims. Muslims should willingly handover the sites to Hindu brothers.” Many Muslims got convinced with the logic K K Muhammed had provided, he also said that “This site has no relation with any significant figures of Islam like prophet Muhammed, Khulafa-e-rashideen etc. ”
But the main issue started when the Marxist historians like Irfan Habib made the matter worse. They made sure that the matter will heat up the relation between the two communities. KK repeatedly said that identifying oneself with Babar is stupidity but his voice didn’t reach everyone. After all the ugly things, finally supreme court gave order to build temple in the disputed land on 5th August 2019 and Muslims were also given a separate land in Ayodhya. This was same solution KK Muhammed was prescribing from day one. His determination and faithfulness towards his work and immense belief in Allah made him hero of the country and 600 years of wrong doing was corrected finally.