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Ajmer Dargah chief says solve Gyanvapi, Mathura disputes ‘out of court’

Feb 23, 2024 04:07 PM IST

He also said the Muslim community is being misled on the Citizenship Amendment Act.

New Delhi: Ajmer Dargah chief Syed Zainul Abedin has said disputes involving Varanasi's Gyanvapi and Mathura's Shahi Idgah mosques should be solved amicably, outside the courts. He said any dispute should be resolved by mutual consent.

People rest on the stairs of a temple adjacent to the Gyanvapi mosque in the holy city of Varanasi on February 16, 2024.(AFP)
People rest on the stairs of a temple adjacent to the Gyanvapi mosque in the holy city of Varanasi on February 16, 2024.(AFP)

Addressing a conference titled "Paigam-e-Mohabbat Hum Sab Ka Bharat" organised by the Rajasthan unit of All India Sufi Sajjadanshin Council, Abedin said India is playing a positive role in restoring peace in the world by following the civilization of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam, reported PTI.

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“Mathura and Kashi's issue is sub judice before the court, so one cannot comment on this. We want this issue should be solved outside the court. This will be the best thing for both sides (Hindu-Muslim), and with this, there will be peace between both sides. Otherwise, if the court will give any judgment on this then that judgment will be in favour of any one side, only leading to bitterness on the other side, why do so?” he told ANI.

He also said the Muslim community is being misled on the Citizenship Amendment Act.

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"The reality is that after a detailed analysis of the provisions of the Act, we found that the law has nothing to do with Indian Muslims and that the law will not affect them. It will benefit the persecuted minority immigrants from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh. This is not going to take away the Indian citizenship of anyone," he added.

The citizenship of any Indian cannot be taken away because there is no such provision in the law, he added.

The Hindu side claims the mosques were built by the Mughals on the ruins of the temples they demolished.

Earlier this month, a Varanasi court allowed the family of a priest to perform Hindu prayers in one of the cellars of the Gyanvapi mosque's basement.

The Hindu side claims the court-ordered ASI survey of the mosque in Varanasi, situated adjacent to the ancient Kashi Vishwanath temple, was built after razing a Hindu temple. They claimed last month that the agency found remnants of a temple inside the mosque.

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