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AIMPLB unanimously rejects talks on Babri

| | Hyderabad | in Sunday Pioneer

All India Muslim Personal Law(AIMPLB) Board has made it clear that there was no change in its stand of "no talks" on Babari Masjid dispute.

At its ongoing three-day session in Hyderabad, the AIMPLB Executive Committee unanimously passed a resolution reiterating that under Islamic Shariah land of a mosque cannot be sold or gifted by anybody and there can not be any change in the status of the land.

"If a piece of land is endowed in the name of Allah it remains endowed forever", the Board said.

Its assertion came in the backdrop of a leading Muslim scholar Moulana Syed Salman Hussaini Nadvi of prominent seminary Nadwatul Ulema, Lucknow stirring hornets nest by meeting Art of Living Founder Sri Sir Ravishankar. At thte meeting he reportedly suggested that Muslims can shift the Babari Masjid from the disputed site in Ayodhya in lieu of alternate land for mosque  and a Central University for the Muslims.

The news of the meeting in Bengaluru came as a shock and disappointment to the Muslim delegates from all over the country who have  gathered in Hyderabad from the annual session of the Board. "It has caused immense pain and anguish to the Board members", a prominent member told this correspondent.

Salman Nadvi, a member of the Executive Committee of AIMPLB is also attending the Hyderabad session but appeared to be completely isolated as most of the participants at the meeting were unhappy for breaking the ranks with the Board.

The issue of his meeting with Ravishankar came up as soon as the meeting of executive committee began more than one hour behind the schedule last evening.

With Board president Moulana Rabey Hasan Nadvi in chair, member Qasim Rasool Ilyas raised the matter and moved a motion for action against Salman Nadvi.

Sources at the closed door meeting said that Salman Nadvi defended his action saying it was his personal opinion and he was not imposing on others. 

Moulana Arshad Madani was among those who said that when somebody was in  a responsible position in an organisation he can not air his opinions like this.

After a lengthy discussion the Executive Committee decided to form a four member committee to look into the matter and decide on disciplinary action by the end of the current session.

Later Omrain Mahfouz Rahmani, secretary of the Board and Executive Committee  member Asaduddin Owaisi briefing the media said that all the members of the Board were unanimous in their stand that there can not be any discussions on the status of Babari Masjid.

In a written statement read out by Moulana Omrain the Board said, "whenever Hindu leaders offered to find a solution outside the court Board did not decline and asked them to come with a just and respectful solution. But they always demanded that the Muslims unilaterally withdraw their claim on the mosque which Muslims can never do. It is Haram (prohibited) to handover a mosque to others for worship and there is no provision for such an act in Shariah".

He said this stand of the Board was in continuation of its resolutions passed in December 1990 and January 1993.

"As the matter is now in the highest court of the country the Board has decided to legally abide by its verdict. The case in the court is not of faith but of the title. Board is confident that court verdict will be in favour of the stand of Muslims and if that happens it will neither be a victory or defeat of anybody but it will be victory of justice". 

The plenary session of the Board began on Saturday morning with the controversial Triple Talaq Bill and issue of safeguarding Shariah on top of its agenda.

The plenary will also discuss host of other issues in three sessions over the next two days. The top leadership of the Board was scheduled to address a massive public meeting in the city on Sunday evening.

Elaborate arrangements have been made at the newly built Salar e Millat Indoor Stadium in Owaisi Medical Colleg and Hospital campus.




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