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Hand over disputed land to Hindus, win hearts, says Kalbe Sadiq

The Shia cleric says Muslims should not protest if the Supreme Court rules in favour of the Hindus in the Ayodhya dispute

lucknow Updated: Aug 14, 2017 14:21 IST
Hindustan Times, Lucknow
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Shia cleric Kalbe Sadiq(HT File Photo)

Shia cleric Maulana Kalbe Sadiq on Sunday advised Muslims not to protest if the Supreme Court, which has started hearing the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid case, rules in favours of Hindus in the Ayodhya dispute. “And Muslims should handover the land to the Hindus if they get judgment in their favour,” Sadiq said.

Justifying his statement, the Shia cleric said, “If Muslims handover the disputed land to Hindus they will win hearts of crores of Hindus.”

Adding context to his seemingly controversial advice, Sadiq said that one receives thousands in return on giving away just one thing close to them.

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His comments come in the wake of the Shia Waqf Board telling the Supreme Court that a mosque could be built at a distance from the disputed land, as the latter on Friday commenced the cross-appeals hearing in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid case, to look for an amicable settlement of the dispute.

In a 30-page affidavit, filed on August 8, the Shia Waqf Board asserted that the Babri Masjid site was its property and only it was entitled to hold negotiations for an amicable settlement of the dispute.

The board placed an affidavit before the apex court in which it stated that a mosque can be constructed at a place near birth place of Lord Ram.

(With agency inputs)

First Published: Aug 14, 2017 14:21 IST