By Syed Ali Mujtaba,\r\n\r\nThe 100 years old mosque in village Hedon Bet, Machhiwara Tehsil in Ludhiana still stands tall, despite zero Muslim population in the village. The Mosque that was built in 1920 lies abandoned for want of worshipers.\r\n\r\nThanks to village elders the mosque has not been demolished or being encroached upon by the land grabbers. The elders of the village refuse to let anyone demolish it as they believe it\u2019s a house of God.\r\n\r\nThe elders of village are firm that as long as they live, the Mosque will stand and they will stand guard to prevent demolition or encroachment.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe will not let anyone demolish the masjid, it is the house of god,\u201d says Sarpanch Gurpal Singh to dailysikhupdates.com.\r\n\r\nThe residents of the village overwhelmingly support the elder\u2019s views and prevent anyone from occupying the abandoned mosque or any plan to demolish it.\r\n\r\nThe Sikhs have a long history of protecting other\u2019s places of worship. The 6th Guru, Guru Hargobind Singh even built a mosque for Muslims.\r\n\r\nThe Muslim population of the village Hedon Bet of Ludhiana moved to Pakistan in 1947 abandoning their places of worship. This just one of the many properties listed under Muslim waqaf board left behind by the Muslims feeling to Pakistan.\r\n\r\nThere is a huge list of Muslim Waqaf Board properties in Punjab. These are; mosques, grave yard, Takia (burial place of a Sufi saint) Khanqah, school, orphanage, Idgah etc.\r\n\r\nMost of them are encroached upon and the government of Punjab tops the list of encroachers. There are many Muslim properties that have been swallowed up by the land grabbing mafia of the state and there is no trace of the same.\r\n\r\nSeeing the huge list of Muslim properties in Punjab, one relish how come the mosque in village Hedon Bet, Machhiwara Tehsil in Ludhiana remains untouched even till date unfazed by the vagaries of time.\r\n\r\nHere is the official list of Muslim waqaf board properties that are encroached in Punjab.\r\n\r\nIf someone can ascertain the monetary value of these property in Punjab and multiply it with all such property scattered in other states, one can safely say that Muslims of India do not need any dole from the Ministry of Minority Affairs, for scholarship or Haj subsidy, as they can manage their financial woes on their own from their own properties.