The All-India Muslim Personal Law Board on Sunday asserted that 99 per cent of Muslims in the country want a review of the unanimous Supreme Court verdict on the Ayodhya dispute.
The AIMPLB comprising Muslim clerics drawn from different sects of Islam has drawn flak from the community’s intellectuals for its decision to file the review petition.
The AIMPLB executive committee had decided on November 17 to file a review petition in the Supreme Court by December 9.
The AIMPLB was not a party in the law suit but it has persuaded the four original plaintiffs in the case to file the review petition.
A five-judge bench of the Supreme Court had ruled on November 9 that a temple should be built through a trust set up by the government at the disputed site, where the mosque was demolished in 1992.
The apex court had also directed the government to allot five acres of land to the UP Sunni Central Waqf Board for a mosque.
“Muslims trust judiciary that is why a review petition is being filed. However, the trust has weakened after the Supreme Court verdict on Ayodhya,” AIMPLB general secretary Maulana Wali Rahmani said.
“Ninety-nine per cent of Muslims of the country are in favour of a review petition. If it is understood that a big section is against this, it is wrong,” he said.
Rahmani, however, said they “suspect our petition will be dismissed”.
“But it does not mean we don’t file it. It’s our legal right. There are many contradictory things in the verdict,” he added.
Asked about the suggestion that the decades-long dispute should end after the apex court judgement, Rahmani said, “They are those who did not have any interest in the mosque. They live in fear and want others to do so.”
“Intellectuals raise this issue but they do not have any practical scheme to resolve issues of the Muslim community. They should be asked what they have done for the community,” he added.
The Sunni Central Waqf Board, one of the main litigants in the case, has decided to not file a review petition, but is yet to take a call on whether to accept a five-acre alternative plot for a mosque.