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Build temple in Ayodhya, mosque in Lucknow, Shia Board proposes

LUCKNOW: The UP Shia Central Waqf Board, rejecting the claims of the UP Sunni Central Waqf Board (UPSWB) to the Ram temple site in Ayodhya, on Monday unveiled a proposed solution for an out-of-court settlement of the Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid case: A Ram temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya and a mosque in Lucknow.

Shia board chairman Waseem Rizivi said they were in favour of a grand Ram temple at the disputed site, reiterating that the board was the rightful and only claimant to the land on which the demolished Babri mosque once existed. The Shia Board said the state government may in turn allot one acre of land for a mosque for Shia Muslims in Lucknow’s Husainabad area, “away from the religious territory of the Hindus”. An application seeking permission to file the said settlement proposal was submitted by the UPSCWB in the Supreme Court on Saturday.

The move may revive the rift between the two communities which had led to innumerable sectarian clashes in the past. However, the Sunni leaders and clerics questioned the locus standi of Waseem Rizvi. “The Allahabad high court in its judgment had allotted one-third of the land to the Sunni Waqf Bard. If anyone has any doubts over the Sunni Waqf Board’s claim, then they should first challenge the high court order,” said senior advocate Zafaryab Jilani, the convener of the All-India Babri Masjid Action Committee (AIBMAC) who has also represented the Sunni Waqf Board before the high court and the Supreme Court on the issue. He also claimed that the Shia community has not approved of the out-of-court settlement proposed by Rizvi.

“What Waseem Rizvi has suggested does not reflect the sentiments of the two communities per say as the top Shia clerics and the Shia Personal Law Board have already distanced itself (sic) from it,” said Sunni cleric Maulana Khalid Rasheed Farangi Maheli.

He did not rule out the possibility of such moves leading to misunderstanding.

Source : timesofindia



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