Salman Nadvi Acting on Behest of Modi in Babri Masjid Case: Owaisi
MIM president Asaduddin Owaisi on Monday, 12 February, alleged that Moulana Salman Hussaini Nadvi is acting at the behest of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to create a rift in All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB). Nadvi had earlier favoured handing over the disputed land in Ayodhya, where Babri Masjid once stood, for the construction of the Ram temple.
Owaisi also called for social boycott of those calling for giving up Babri Masjid. H
Following a meeting on 11 February, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) said that the Babri Masjid would remain a mosque till eternity and Muslims could never exchange the land for the masjid. AIMPLB chief Maulana Rabey Hasani Nadvi presided over the three-day meet, which was attended by 400 members and special invitees from different spheres of life, including ulemas (clergy), intellectuals, social and political personalities.
The meet discussed and decided to protect the Shariah (Islamic laws). The board also asserted that the struggle for the reconstruction of the Babri Masjid would continue.
A statement was issued on the concluding day of its 26th plenary:
“By demolishing the Babri Masjid, it will never lose its identity as a masjid. And according to Shariah, it will always remain a masjid,” the statement added.
The AIMPLB further said the country's topmost lawyers were appearing in the apex court in the case on behalf of Muslims. In the politically sensitive case, the Supreme Court is currently hearing the final arguments.
In its 30 September 2010 ruling, the Allahabad High Court had ordered a three-way division of the disputed 2.77 acres of the Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi site, giving a third each to the Nirmohi Akhara, the Sunni Central Wakf Board of Uttar Pradesh and Ramlalla Virajman, the idol of child Ram placed there.
Salman Nadvi on Being Expelled by AIMPLB for Suggesting the Shifting of Babri Site
The Muslim Law Board also expelled its executive member, Maulana Syed Salman Hussaini Nadvi on 11 February, News18 reported.
Taking strong exception to the proposal, AIMPLB had formed a four-member committee to take disciplinary action against Nadvi, an eminent cleric who mooted the proposal during a meeting with spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.
Reacting to his expulsion, Nadvi said:
Following the expulsion, Ravi Shankar tweeted: “Maulana Salman Husaini Nadvi’s expulsion from the AIMPLB comes as a surprise, as several members of the board have met with me and expressed their commitment to foster amity amongst Hindus and Muslims and to peacefully resolve this issue. ”
AIMPLB member Syed Qasim Rasool Ilyas told reporters that Nadvi spoke against the board’s stand and was hence removed.
Addressing the meeting on Saturday, AIMPLB General Secretary Wali Rahmani said "some elements" are trying to misguide people on Babri Masjid issue. In his report submitted at the plenary, he said the board had taken an unambiguous stand that "once a mosque, always a mosque".
With the executive meeting on 9 February pulling up Salman Nadvi for his proposal, he stayed away from the plenary meeting on the second day and reportedly left Hyderabad. Earlier, talking to reporters, he had alleged that two executive members Kamal Farooqi and Syed Qasim Rasool Ilyas humiliated him.
Talking to news agency IANS on 10 February, Ilyas denied the allegations made by Salman Nadvi against him.
(With inputs from IANS)