Muslim Board

All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen chief Asaduddin Owaisi during the three-day plenary of All India Muslim Personal Law Board in Hyderabad Feb 9. (IANS photo)

HYDERABAD — The All India Muslim Personal Law Board, the apex body of Indian Muslims, Feb. 9 ruled out any compromise on Babri Masjid, rejecting a proposal by one of its members, Maulana Salman Nadvi reportedly supporting the construction of a Ram temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya.

The board announced after its executive meeting here Feb. 9 night that there is no change in its stand that a mosque belongs on the site and that when a mosque is constructed there, it remains a mosque until "qayamat," the final judgement.

The land dedicated for the mosque can't be sold, gifted or in any way alienated, the board said in a statement.

The board said it never rejected the offers of conciliation by Hindu religious leaders and urged them to come forward with a justifiable and honorable settlement. "However, they always had one answer that Muslims should unilaterally give up the mosque but Muslims can't do this because giving a mosque for worship of anyone other than Allah is 'haram' and there is no scope for this in Shariat. If Muslims do this they will be accountable to Allah," said the statement released in Urdu.

"The matter is in court. Board has taken a stand that it will accept the court verdict. The matter being heard in the court is not of belief but a matter of the right of ownership and hence there is hope that the verdict will be in line with the stand taken by Muslims. If this happens, this will neither be victory of anybody nor defeat of anybody. This will be the victory of justice," said the statement read by board Secretary Umrain Mahfooz Rahmani.

The board's executive member and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi read the statement in English.

"All the attempts to negotiate the settlements in past have been infructuous and there is no proposal offering settlement without sacrificing the basic tent has ever been put before the board," it said.

The board reiterated the resolutions it passed in 1990 and 1993. The announcement came after an over four-hour meeting of the executive on the first day of the three-day plenary.

Salman Nadvi also attended the meeting presided over by board President Maulana Rabey Hasani Nadvi.

After a meeting with spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Salman Nadvi reportedly favored construction of Ram Mandir at the disputed site in Ayodhya. He is also reported to have said the mosque can be built at an alternative location near the disputed site.

Salman Nadvi gave a clarification in the board's executive meeting about his proposal. Sources said he was alone in his opinion on the issue in the meeting attended by majority of 50 executive members.

Owaisi told the media that the meeting unanimously reiterated its stand, however, he declined to answer any queries.

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