Zafar Aafaq | Caravan Daily
NEW DELHI — Breaking its silence on the recent Ayodhya verdict, the Jamiat-e-Ulama Hind on Thursday said the Supreme Court order was beyond its comprehension and felt there were “contradictions” in it, but “this is our country and our court, and we will respect the verdict.”
“On the one hand, the court says Babri Masjid was constructed after the demolition of a structure, which might or might not be a temple. Then, it cleared the way for construction of a temple at the site of the mosque,” Jamiat President Maulana Arshad Madni said at a press meet at the Jamiat headquarters in New Delhi on Thursday.
Jamiat-e-Ulama Hind is a prominent Muslim organisation of Islamic scholars studied at Darul Uloom Deoband.
“The Court called the act of demolition of the mosque by the mob criminal,” Maulana Madani said, but it also “rewarded the mob who demolished Babri Masjid by paving the way for the setting up of a temple.”
In December 1992, a mob of right-wing Hindus demolished the 16th Century mosque and unveiled plans to construct a temple.
The Supreme Court used plenary powers to order construction of a temple even as it said that the demolition of mosque was an illegal act. “We can’t do anything about what the Supreme Court has ordered,” Madani said. “We honour the apex court’s decision.”
The court also ordered allocation of 5 acres of land to the Sunni Waqf Board to construct a mosque. Maulana said the Sunni Central Waqf Board should not accept the alternative land for construction of the mosque. “Our struggle was not for getting a 5-acre land but we were fighting for Babri Masjid.”
He said, for Muslims, the status of the site as a mosque does not change. “Even if 50 temples are set up at that site, its status as of a mosque will not change. For us, the mosque will stay as a mosque forever.”
“In India, after Independence, many mosques came under the control of the archaeological department and no Namaz is allowed in them. These mosques will remain mosques for us even if no one offers Namaz in them,” he said.
Asked about taking the case to the International Court of Justice, Maulana Madni rejected any such plan, saying “this is our country and this is our court and we will resolve our issues within our country.”
“The judgement has exonerated the Muslim community from the false accusation that the mosque was constructed after demolition of a temple,” Madani said, and lauded the response of the Indian Muslims towards the verdict and appealed them to show same poise and patience towards such issues in future.
The Jamiat-e-Ulama Hind held two meetings on Thursday to discuss the Ayodhya verdict but failed to arrive at a decision on whether to file a review petition, Arshad Madni said.
Speaking to media, Jamiat Chief said that any decision will be taken by the organisation’s working committee.
However, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board has called a meeting on November 17 to discuss the judgment and take a decision on filing of a review petition in the apex court.
(With inputs from IANS)