Muslims in India insecure, govt trying to break Muslim unity: AIMPLB

Frederick Owens
February 12, 2018

The three-day meeting of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board ran into controversy today after a key member of its executive committee, Maulana Salman Nadvi, was removed. "As Maulana Salman Nadvi had gone against this unanimous stand, he has been expelled from the Board", AIMPLB member Qasim Ilyas said.

Speaking to ANI, Qasim Ilyas said, "Committee announced AIMPLB Board will continue with its old stand that Mosque can not be gifted, sold or shifted".

"The board reiterated its uncompromising stand on Babri Masjid issue".

The board alleged that deliberate attempts are being made to sow the seeds of dissension and discord among Muslims by bringing to the fore such problems and issues which can create rift among various sections of the society and schools of thoughts.

The member, Maulana Salman Nadwi, had met Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on Friday to discuss an out-of-court settlement. Angry members of the AIMPLB did not allow Nadvi to speak at the three-day plenary that concluded in Hyderabad on Sunday.

In May a year ago, a Special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court in Lucknow charged senior BJP leaders L.K Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Union Minister Uma Bharti with criminal conspiracy in Babri Masjid demolition case.

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"Both of them in their addresses have said that triple talaq bill which is now pending in the Rajya Sabha is not acceptable to the Muslim community because it is against the Constitution".

Salman Nadvi was the founder member of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) and was associated with its since establishment in 1972. "It is a mosque and wherever a mosque is built will remains a mosque till Qayamt" AIMPLB said in a strongly worded statement.

The Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute has been festering between Hindus and Muslims since the late 19th century over a piece of land, which is claimed by the former to be the birthplace of Hindu Lord Ram and therefore advocate the construction of a Ram Temple.

The news of the meeting in Bengaluru came as a shock and disappointment to the Muslim delegates from all over the country who have gathered in Hyderabad from the annual session of the Board.

"Without any doubt, we make it clear that the struggle for the reconstruction of Babri Masjid continues and the appeal in Supreme Court is being fought rigorously with all the resources available at the disposal of the Board". The case in the court is not of faith but of the title.

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