'Gyanvapi order has shaken confidence of Muslims'

Synopsis

The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) has expressed dissatisfaction with the Varanasi district court’s decision to allow Hindu prayers in the Gyanvapi mosque. They intend to take the matter to the Supreme Court for justice and emphasize the need for the implementation of the Places of Worship Act, 1991 to prevent disputes.

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The reaction came after the Allahabad High Court adjourned the hearing on an appeal challenging the Varanasi court’s order.

The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) expressed dissatisfaction with the Varanasi district court’s decision to allow Hindu prayers in a cellar of the Gyanvapi mosque. They believe that the decision was made hastily and intend to take the matter to the Supreme Court for justice. The AIMPLB, along with other Muslim organizations, also emphasized the need for the implementation of the Places of Worship Act, 1991 in order to prevent disputes in the country.

The reaction from the AIMPLB came shortly after the Allahabad High Court adjourned the hearing on an appeal filed by the Anzuman Intezamia Masjid Committee, which challenged the Varanasi court’s order. The committee, responsible for the mosque’s affairs, approached the high court after the Supreme Court refused to hear their plea and directed them to approach the high court instead.

Maulana Khalid Saifullah Rahmani, the President of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board, expressed his disappointment with the incident and stated that it has not only affected Muslims but also people of other religions who believe in secularism. He clarified that Islam does not permit the acquisition of someone else’s land for the construction of a mosque. Rahmani criticized the court’s decision, claiming that the Muslim side was not given adequate opportunity to present their arguments. This has eroded the confidence of minorities in the judiciary.

“The notion that a mandir (temple) was demolished to build a mosque is wrong. Islam does not allow taking away someone’s land to build a mosque,” he said.

“The court ruled on it in haste and the other (Muslim) side was not even given a chance to put forward its arguments in detail. This has hurt the confidence of minorities in the judiciary,” Rahmani said at a press conference.

“In the Babri Masjid decision, it was accepted that the temple was not brought down to build a mosque but the decision was made in the favour of the other side on the basis of ‘aastha (faith)’. Courts should rule on the basis of facts and not ‘aastha’,” he said.

Rahmani further pointed out that in the Babri Masjid case, it was acknowledged that the temple was not demolished to construct the mosque. However, the decision was made in favor of the opposing side based on faith. He emphasized the importance of courts ruling based on facts rather than faith.

Regarding the Places of Worship Act, Rahmani emphasized its significance in preventing disputes and called for its proper implementation. Failure to implement this law effectively may lead to increased disputes in the country.

The press conference was attended by various prominent figures, including Maulana Arshad Madani, President of Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind (Arshad Madani faction), Maulana Mahmood Madani, Chief of Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind (Mahmood Madani faction), S Q R Ilyas, spokesperson for AIMPLB, and Kamal Farooqui, assistant spokesperson.

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