All India Muslim Personal Law Board rules out any settlement on ‘land dedicated to Babri Masjid’
The executive committee of the AIMPLB said all past attempts to arrive at a settlement were infructuous, and there was no proposal that offers a settlement without sacrificing the basic tenets of Islam before the board.india Updated: Feb 10, 2018 09:03 IST
The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) on Friday rejected the possibility of any kind of settlement on the land “dedicated to the Babri Masjid” at Ayodhya, stating that such a move would violate the basic tenets of Islam.
“The resolutions passed by the board in December 1990 and January 1993 remain unchanged. The land dedicated for the masjid at Ayodhya cannot be sold, gifted or – in any way – alienated. If once dedicated, it vests in Allah,” the AIMPLB, which is the apex body of Indian Muslims, resolved at its executive committee meeting held as part of a three-day plenary that began in Hyderabad on Friday evening.
The executive committee of the AIMPLB said all past attempts to arrive at a settlement were infructuous, and there was no proposal that offers a settlement without sacrificing the basic tenets of Islam before the board.
Earlier in the day in Lucknow, AIMPLB secretary and spokesperson Zafaryab Jilani said: “There is no change in our stand. Only SC verdict in the case will be acceptable to the board. We had made our position clear in April also soon after the SC suggested that attempts should be made at for a negotiated settlement. Our position remains the same.”
His statement comes a day after Maulana Salman Nadwi, a member of the AIMPLB’s executive committee along with some other Muslims met Art of Living Founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar in Bengaluru to explore an out-of-court-settlement of the dispute on Thursday.
“We have never turned down any offer for talks from Hindu parties to the dispute but always requested that the offer for mutual settlement should be just and practical. But we were always told that the Muslims should give up their claim on the land and mosque,” said a statement issued by the AIMPLB in Lucknow.
Hence, the board has decided to go by only the apex court’s verdict in the matter. Whatever the decision, no party should view it as its victory or loss in the case, said the statement .
The Supreme Court on Thursday declared the Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi issue as a land dispute, stating that it does not intend to allow any third-party intervention at this stage. The next hearing on the matter was posted for March 14.
Board president Maulana Rabey Hasani Nadvi presided over the meeting of its 50-member executive committee. It also discussed the triple talaq bill, which is pending in the Rajya Sabha, among other things.
AIMPLB general secretary Moulana Syed Wali Rahmani presented his report on the action taken with regard to decisions of the previous plenary. The committee also reviewed the progress made in the countrywide campaign for community reforms, and advocated effective utilisation of the social media to increase its reach.
The meeting, which began amid tight security at an auditorium in the Owaisi Hospital complex, also set the agenda for the deliberations in the general body scheduled to meet on Saturday and Sunday. More than 500 religious scholars and prominent leaders representing all Islamic schools of thought will attend the event. It will take stock of pending court cases related to the Muslim Personal Law and work out a strategy on the triple talaq bill, among other things.
With inputs from M Tariq Khan in Lucknow