Ayodhya issue: Shia Waqf Board wants temple at Babri site

Chairman Wasim Rizvi said that the Shia Waqf Board, which is the 'mutawalli' (caretaker) of the Babri Mosque, had suggested giving up its right over the land in Ayodhya.

By: Express News Service | Lucknow | Updated: November 21, 2017 5:39:19 am
mosque, shia waqf board, ayodhya, hussainabad, indian express The Shia Waqf Board is the ‘mutawalli’ (caretaker) of the Babri Mosque. (Picture for representational purposes only)

THE UTTAR Pradesh Shia Waqf Board Monday made public a proposal — which it had presented before the Supreme Court on November 18 — forgoing its rights on the disputed land in Ayodhya, which it said should be given to Hindus to build a Ram temple and a mosque be constructed in Lucknow.

Claiming to be making efforts to resolve the Babri Masjid-Ramjanambhoomi title dispute outside court, chairman Syed Waseem Rizvi of the Shia board told mediapersons that the proposal was prepared after holding discussions with several mahants and stakeholders.

However, the proposal did not go down well with the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) and the UP Sunni Central Waqf Board.

The proposal urged the state government to provide one acre of land in Hussainabad of Lucknow. “Mosque built at this place would not be named after any Mughal emperor and would be known as Masjid-e-Aman (mosque of peace), so that it can give a message of peace and brotherhood to the country,” it added.

The proposal bears signatures of Ramjanambhoomi Nyas chairman Mahant Nritya Gopal Das, Mahant Ramdas of Nirmohi Akhara, Mahant Dharamdas of Hanumangarhi Temple, Mahant Suresh Das of Digambar Akhara, Akhil Bhartiya Akhara Parishad president Mahant Narendra Giri and former BJP MP and VHP leader Ram Vilas Vedanti.

AIMPLB counsel in the apex court case and its senior member Zafaryab Jilani told PTI that Rizvi does not enjoy the confidence or recognition of either the Sunni sect or the Shia sect.

Jilani said the Shia board has no authority over the disputed land. Sunni board Chairman Zafar Farooqui told PTI that any claim can be accepted or rejected only by the court. WITH PTI

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