Ayodhya: 3-point formula to settle dispute re-emerges

Casey Dawson
February 11, 2018

According to Salman Nadvi, as soon as he entered the meeting hall, some of the board members started asking him to withdraw my proposal about Ayodhya dispute.

Salman Nadvi was referring to a speech made few months before by Khalilur Rahman Sajjad Nomani, who is spokesperson of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), in which he said "arms and weapons" have been distributed in every part and district of the country.

Distancing itself from Nadvi, the AIMPLB said that it is his personal opinion and does not reflect the stand of the board.

"We strongly believe that the land belonging to a Masjid can not be sold, gifted or donated".

AIMPLB executive member Maulana Syed Salman Hussain Nadvi attended the meeting, as also Uttar Pradesh Sunni Waqf Board chairperson Zufar Ahmad Farooqui, Maulana Wasif Hasan of Teelay Wali Masjid in Lucknow and retired IAS officer Anis Ansari.

In a video clip that has gone viral, Nadvi said the Hanbali school of Islamic jurisprudence allows "shifting of mosques" and that Muslims will agree to the plan.

As per the source, the board issued a statement after the Friday meeting, to rule out a compromise on the land in Ayodhya.

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Ravi Shankar, who has offered to mediate in the row, has been endorsing an out-of-court settlement in the title dispute. "We want that when both parties come out of Court they must be happy", the AIMPLB executive member said.

A year ago in November, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar grabbed headlines when he visited Lucknow and Ayodhya to mediate between Muslim and Hindu stakeholders in the long-pending dispute. The government should allot land to Muslims away from the disputed site for a mosque and a sprawling university and Hindu leaders should not stake claim to any other Muslim place of worship, he said. The top court has fixed 14 March as the next date of hearing.

The 26th plenary meeting of the board is underway here since yesterday.

The petitions before the judges relate to the 2010 verdict of the Allahabad High Court in the title suit that had been pending for almost six decades.

The convenor of the Babri Masjid committee of the board allegedly expressed discontent over Nadvi speaking publicly before raising any issue in the AIMPLB, and stated that the latter had damaged the board's reputation at a crucial time.

The report pointed out that eleven main issues pertaining to the Muslim community across the nation were approved for discussion by the working committee as the agenda.

Ram Janambhoomi- Babri Masjid dispute is a century old point of tussle between Hindus and Muslims. Instead, the point says, an worldwide university in the name of Bahadur Shah Zafar should be built on Ayodhya-Gorakhpur highway and a mosque should be built within the premises.

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