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New Delhi: On the eve of Prime Minister Narendra Modi laying the foundation stone for the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) Tuesday called the Supreme Court judgment of November 2019 that awarded 2.77 acres of the disputed site in Ayodhya to the Hindu side, as “extortive (ghasibana faisla)” and the act of taking possession of the land an “illegal expropriation”. 

On Twitter, the board referred to Turkey’s Hagia Sophia to make the point that a mosque remains one “until eternity”.

In a statement, AIMPLB general secretary Maulana Wali Rahmani said: “As the Supreme Court is the highest palladium of justice in our country, we have no option but to accept the judgment. However, we will definitely say that it was an unjust and unfair judgment.” 

“The AIMPLB as the representative and the public platform of Indian Muslims and various other organisations spared no effort in their fight for justice for Babri Masjid,” he added. “It is important to state that this entire movement by the Hindutva elements was based on oppression, coercion, intimidation, embezzlement, usurpation and calumny. It was a purely political movement that had no relation to religion or religious teachings.” 

The AIMPLB was not among the petitioners in the Ram Janmabhoomi case but did organise the Muslim side’s legal efforts.

The Supreme Court, while delivering the verdict last November, had held that the act of placing idols at the site in 1949 amounted to “desecration” and also said there is no evidence of the masjid having been built after razing Hindu temples as the remnants found after excavation go back several centuries before the mosque came up. It had also held that the 1993 demolition of the mosque by kar sevaks was an act that violated the rule of law.


Also read: Whose Ram Rajya does Ayodhya temple bring — Gandhi’s or Modi’s? Ambedkar can answer


‘Once a mosque, always a mosque’

The AIMPLB reiterated that a mosque always remains a mosque irrespective of what happens to it. 

“Today when at the site of the Babri Masjid, the foundation stone of a temple is being laid, AIMPLB feels the need to reiterate that ‘according to the light of the Shariat, where a mosque comes up once, it remains a mosque till eternity’,” reads the statement. “Hence, Babri Masjid was a mosque yesterday, is one today and God willing will remain a mosque. By keeping idols in a mosque, starting pooja there or stopping the namaz that was offered there for a long time, do not change the status of a mosque.”

Sharing the statement on Twitter, the board posted: “#BabriMasjid was and will always be a Masjid. #HagiaSophia is a great example for us. Usurpation of the land by an unjust, oppressive, shameful and majority appeasing judgment can’t change it’s status. No need to be heartbroken. Situations don’t last forever. #ItsPolitics”.

https://twitter.com/AIMPLB_Official/status/1290666820089913344?s=20

Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi, who is an office-bearer of the board, tweeted an old photo of the Babri Masjid alongside celebrations by kar sevaks. “#BabriMasjid thi, hai aur rahegi inshallah #BabriZindaHai,” he tweeted.

Though several review petitions were filed in the Supreme Court after the judgment, there were some differences of opinion in internal deliberations. The decision to file review petitions was eventually taken at a long meeting of the AIMPLB working committee. All 29 review petitions were thrown out.

The board called upon Indian Muslims not to be disappointed but to “surrender before affliction” and to “repent over our sins”. “We must learn to strive hard in difficult times,” the statement concluded.


Also read: Indira Gandhi wanted to give Ayodhya a facelift to show she wasn’t just courting Muslims


 

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  1. That’s what we have to say once it was a mandir and now it will be one again.
    They were praying to a hindu god in a temple all these years, yet that doesn’t hurt their ego?? Don’t worry god doesn’t judge

  2. AIMPLB should be circumspect in their comments it’s not like an odd mullahs commenting emotionally under years of propaganda by vested interests to delay & derail the judicial process , the board had eminent lawyer who should talk on facts & not be instrumental in igniting communally dangerous rehoterics, the legal system had given more than enough time & opportunity to both sides to put forth their arguments….
    The informed journalist lawyers academics politicians have responsibility to not just avoid fanning falsehood but Must take serious efforts at driving home the reasonableness on much delayed verdict .

  3. AIMPLB should be circumspect in their comments it’s not like an odd mullahs commenting emotionally more under years of propaganda of political lobbying by vested interests to delay & derail the judicial process , the board had eminent lawyer who should talk on facts & not be instrumental in fanning communally dangerous rehoterics …. the legal system had taken more than enough time & opportunity to both sides to put forth their arguments…. the informed journalist lawyers academics politicians have responsibility to not just avoid fanning falsehood but Must take serious efforts at driving home the reasonableness on much delayed verdict

  4. Don’t know why we tolerate and try to justify to these scum of the earth (owaisi & his type)
    These P.O.S badly need to be shown their place.

    • He’s given space only by the media.
      He’s a one seat wonder. And he’s given so much coverage because, he gives news. There are leaders like Nitish Kumar, Jagan Mohan Reddy etc who have 20 to 30 seats BUT neither do they ask, nor they get so much coverage.

  5. TRY making it a mosque again, morons, this time no kar seva, I will bomb it to extinction. All you muslims should be wiped out of India, so you wont create trouble again. We can demolish and build what we want to. NO opposition

  6. UCC Act is next. After that AIMPLB will be obselete. Add 50 years later, it will be lost in oblivion. Let them bark on borrowed time.

  7. #BabriMasjid was and will always be a Masjid. #HagiaSophia is a great example for us. Usurpation of the land by an unjust, oppressive, shameful and majority appeasing judgment can’t change it’s status. No need to be heartbroken. Situations don’t last forever. #ItsPolitics

  8. Ironically, right after the article gets over, a column saying ‘good, intelligent and objective journalism’ shows up! Does the AIMPLB really think that SC wasted 8 something years to give a majority appeasing judjement? The ASI excavations clearly indicate the presence of a hindu structure on the site! But, yet more upsetting is the tone of THIS ARTICLE. Are you really tryna suggest that the SC blindly came up with this decision, as if despite all arguments being in favour of masjid advocates, the land was given to Ramlala?
    Lord Rama walked on this land way before Babur set his foot on it, alright! So, stop questioning his existence, or the judjement. Rama doesnt belong to hindus per se, he is everyone’s… Feel proud and happy in OUR deity’s homecoming!!

  9. The ayodhya judgement was from the Supreme court – and not an ordinance from Govt. The judge panel heard all the parties, studied the evidence and then only gave the judgement.

    Calling the judgement “Usurpation of the land by an unjust, oppressive, shameful and majority appeasing judgment can’t change it’s status.” is an insult to the Supreme Court and law of the land. If you don’t respect the law of the land and judicial system, go to your dear Pakistan – and live like shitty mohajirs there.

    “Situations don’t last forever” is an open threat to Hindus that the mandir will be demolished once muslims cone to power.

  10. By invoking the Hagia Sophia as an example, the AIMPLB has given away its true colours. How can anyone support the conversion of Hagia Sophia to a mosque? It was a church and must always remain so. By shamelessly converting it into a mosque, the Ottomans had revealed the utterly fanatic and bigoted world view of theirs. They gained even more glory by perpetrating the Armenian genocide – millions of Armenian Christians died as a result.
    Erdogan’s move to reconvert Hagia Sophia into a mosque and start prayers simply sends out the message that even in the 21st century, bigotry and fanaticism are the hallmarks of an Islamic society.

  11. The entire article reminds me of a quote my friend uses when he steals my things, which goes something like ‘Jo mera hai, wo mera hai, Jo tera hai, wo bhi mera hai’ (What’s mine is mine, what yours is also mine).

  12. No sense in endlessly quoting Sharia. That way many things in HIndu society are against the tenets of Manu, but this is accepted today. If a mosque is always a mosque , then why not a church be always a church ? Will AIMPLB question Turkey about Hagia Sophia being made a mosque ? They have still not learnt to accept a verdict with good grace.’

  13. These people always spread hatred they support triple talak and nikah halala which is like treating women like escorts even in Hindu we had sati but now it is stopped. These people are still backward and now Ram mandir is made by decision of Supreme Court. Ram mandir is birth place so it is very important for Hindus on other hand namaz can be read anywhere and also the archalogical survey was conducted by muslim so these law board is backward it always spread HATRED. Uniform civil code is required in India.

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