After Ramzan, Imams’ meet in Delhi to discuss Ayodhya issue
In March, the Supreme Court had observed that the Ayodhya dispute should be settled amicably and Chief Justice JS Khehar had offered to mediate to help resolve the matter.india Updated: May 09, 2017 14:45 IST
President of All-India Imam Organisation Imam Umer Ahmed Ilyasi on Saturday said Muslim clerics from all over the country would meet in New Delhi after Ramzan to find an amicable solution to the Ram Temple issue.
“I welcome the stand of the Supreme Court on the issue and believe that the dispute should be amicably settled by the Imams and Hindu saints through dialogue held in a cordial environment,” Ilyasi said while talking to a section of media.
The cleric was on a day-long visit to Allahabad as part of the Bharat Ekta Yatra aimed at strengthening communal harmony recently.
“We will try to arrive at a consensus for peaceful settlement to the issue which is acceptable to both Hindus and Muslims,” Ilyasi said.
In March, the Supreme Court had observed that the Ayodhya dispute should be settled amicably and Chief Justice JS Khehar had offered to mediate to help resolve the matter.
The court’s remarks had come after Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy sought an early hearing of his plea seeking permission to build a Ram temple at the site of the demolished mosque.
“All parties can sit together and solve the dispute. In the proposed meet, the clerics will discuss the Ayodhya dispute. Based on the outcome of the meet, we will later hold talks with temple priests and saints,” he said.
Coming down heavily on Pakistan for mutilation of the bodies of army men, Ilyasi urged the Prime Minister and the home minister to give a befitting reply to Pakistan.
“Enough is enough. So many times dialogue has taken place between the two countries. Indians will no longer tolerance such incidents,” he added.
Ilyasi said Kashmiri children and youth, who should be having pens in their hands, were getting influenced by separatist leaders and pelting security forces with stones. “I believe these separatist leaders should go to Pakistan if they so desire. But staying in India and speaking the language that they are using is unacceptable,” he added.
Ilyasi urged the central government to declare cow the national animal of India but recommended that legal slaughterhouses should be allowed to function without any harassment.
He said triple talaq was being used as a tool of injustice against Muslim women. Expressing happiness that Muslims, especially women, were practicing yoga, he said it should not be associated with any religion.
Ramzan is expected to start on May 27 and last till June 24.
First Published: May 09, 2017 14:45 IST