New Delhi: A group of Muslim intellectuals led by Lt. General Zameeruddin Shah, Former VC of AMU proposed that the Muslims of India should gift the Babri Masjid land to the Hindus. They felt that even if Supreme Court verdict is in favour of the Muslims, it may not be possible to construct Masjid again.
Various Muslims reacted against this suggestion. Here are some of their opinions:
Mr. Zafaryab Jilani
Convener of Babri Masjid Action Committee and noted lawyer, Mr. Zafaryab Jilani who is also member of All India Muslim Personal Law Board told that the board is no way concerned with the proposal of the Muslims.
He further told that 99% Muslims believe that the land of the Masjid can neither be gifted nor sold out. It is the law of the Muslims. Hence no body has any authority to change its status.
Mufti Abul Irfan
Chief Qazi of Farangi Mahal, Maulana Abul Irfan reacted sharply and said that such arbitrations were held earlier also but they were of no avail. Those who proposed this, are like the traitors, Mir Sadiq of Tipu Sultan and Mir Jafar of Sirud Dawla.
The talks of arbitration are misleading. At this stage when the Supreme Court verdict is likely to pronounced, there is no place for such arbitration.
Maula Khalid Rasheed
He told that when the case of ownership is to be decided by Supreme Court, everyone should wait. The matter has been delayed abnormally and hence there is no scope for any arbitration. He questioned that why doesn’t anyone say that the matter should be left to the Muslims?
Dr. Mateen Khan
State President of Muslim League of UP, Dr. Mateen Khan heavily opposed the proposal and said that the persons who made this suggestion are drawing room actors. They have no role in pleading the case.
Dr. Mohammed Zafar Khan
Dr. Mohammed Zafar Khan, Secretary, Babri Masjid Action Committee of Aligarh told that the attempts of arbitration failed earlier. We should wait for SC verdict.
Dr. Rehan Akhtar
Dr. Rehan Akhtar, Professor of AMU told that Chief Justice of India is hearing the case in a very responsible way. At this stage, it is not appropriate to talk about arbitration.
Haji Mohammed Sufiyan
Social activist, Haji Mohammed Sufiyan told that all the Muslims of the country have faith in Supreme Court. The case is in the last stages. At this juncture, some of the miscreants have started hurting the sentiments of the Muslims. We should reject this proposal.
Dr. Mufti Zahid Ali Khan
Noted professor of AMU, Dr. Mufti Zahid Ali Khan told that whatever judgment is pronounced by SC, all of us should agree.
He further told that we are not the owners of Masjid, Allah (SWT) is its owner.
National Spokesman of All India Shia Personal Law Board, Maulana Abbas told that no Muslim has the authority to hand over the place of Masjid to anyone.
Maulana Saif Abbas
Noted youth scholar and President of All India Shia Chand Committee, Maulana Saif Abbas told that the proposal of handing over Babri Masjid is inappropriate. Islam has not given the right to any Muslim to hand over the place of Masjid to anyone.
Mr. Naveed Hamid
Mr. Naveed Hamid, President of All India Muslim Majlis Mushawarit told that at this stage to talk about arbitration is meaningless since SC has already given a time bound program for completing the arguments.
After the SC verdict is pronounced, the Muslims of India can consult then.
Dr. Mufti Mukaram Ahmed
Imam of Fatehpuri Masjid of New Delhi, Dr. Mufti Mukaram Ahmed told that there is no scope of any arbitration now since earlier attempts have failed.
Dr. Waseem Ahmed Ghazi
Member of Babri Masjid Action Committee told that since the case is in the Supreme Court, we should wait for its verdict. He also told that it is not an issue of ‘Astha’ but it is a title suit. Everyone should accept SC verdict.
Syed Mohammed Mohsin Naqvi
Imam of Shia Jamia Masjid of Delhi, Syed Mohammed Mohsin Naqvi told that the issue pertaining to Babri Masjid is in the last stages in SC. The attempts of arbitration would be successful only when both the parties come to an agreement but in the present context, there seems to be no such consensus. He advised the Muslims to wait for SC verdict.