Claiming that Uttar Pradesh Shia Central Waqf Board (UPSCWB) has been made party in the vexed Ayodhya matter underway in the Supreme Court, Board’s chief Waseem Rizvi has now given a fresh suggestion to the All India Muslim Personal Board (AIMPlB) that Muslim community members should not offer ‘namaz’ at the disputed nine mosques.
Contradicting the claim of some muslim organisations that Shia board has not been included in the list of the parties accepted by the Supreme Court Rizvi said that the Board’s name is listed in the 50th place in the list issued by the apex court.
“Some section of the Muslims are trying to create confusion and were circulating that Shia Waqf board name was not in the list of the parties in the Ayodhya matter accepted by the Supreme Court,” he said on Friday.
Rizvi has shot off a letter to Maulana Rabe Hasan Nadvi, the AIMPlB chairman on Friday, urging the board to stop Muslims from offering namaz at these sites since they are disputed.
Rizvi claimed that there are at least nine disputed religious places across the country — four in Uttar Pradesh, two in Gujarat, one each in West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh and Delhi.
Rizvi said that there is enough historical evidence to prove that these mosques were constructed forcibly by the Muslim rulers on lands belonging to Hindu temples.
Shia Waqf Board chairman pointed out that Islamic laws do not allow construction of a mosque on a land grabbed by destroying other religious structures. “Prayers offered at such mosques are not accepted under Quran and Sharia,” he added.
Will you approve offering of ‘namaz’ at a mosque which is built on the land of other religionIJ” Rizvi asked Maulana Nadvi, who is considered as one of the most eminent Islamic scholars in the country.
He had earlier stalked claim on the disputed land in Ayodhya and offered to surrender the same to Hindus.
The UPSCWB had claimed that several mosques in Mathura, Varanasi and other religious places were built by Muslim rules after destroying temples built there.
The Shia Board chief had urged the Board to surrender nine religious places to Hindus, including Ram Janambhoomi in Ayodhya.
They are Babri mosque in Ayodhya, Keshav Dev Temple in Mathura, Kashi Vishwanath Temple in Varanasi, Atal Dev temple in Jaunpur (All in Uttar Pradesh), Rudra Mahalaya temple in Batna Gujarat, Bhadrakali temple in Ahmedabad Gujarat, Adina Mosque in Pandua West Bengal, Vijaya temple Vidhisha Madhya Pradesh and Mosque Kuvutul Islam Qutub Minar Delhi, he said in his letter.
Significantly, Shia Board made this demand a day after the Art of living Founder Sri Sri Ravi Shanker made a similar statement in Varanasi and Gorakhpur urging Muslims to hand over Babri mosque land to Hindus last month.