Take remaining land in exchange of old Babri site: Madani

NEW DELHI: Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind president Arshad Madani, who was part of the Ayodhya mediation by a Supreme Court-appointed committee had offered to give up the Muslims’ claim if the Hindu side agreed to let the Muslims be given just the old Babri Masjid site.

“We said give us the area which was encompassed by the four walls of the Babri Masjid, and you can keep the other areas surrounding the mosque — including the Ram Chabutra, which, in 1949, was claimed to have been Ram’s birth site,” Madani said while speaking exclusively to The Print.

“But the Hindu parties refused to budge. They were hell-bent on getting the entire land, including where the Masjid once stood.”

The Babri Masjid has “always remained as a mosque and is a mosque under the Shariah law and will remain till the day of judgment even if the government or any power on the earth tried to change the status of the mosque by using its might,” he said.

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The Jamait chief at a press conference here on Wednesday hoped the Supreme Court verdict in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case will go in their favour but reiterated that even if it didn’t, the organisation will accept it graciously.

“Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind had decided to fight a legal battle for the Babri Masjid. We were the first to go to the Supreme Court. We are hopeful that the decision on Ayodhya issue will be in our favour, but I say this again that whatever the verdict might be, we will accept it,” he said .

Madani also urged all the people irrespective of their religion and age to respect the apex court’s decision and maintain peace and harmony in the country.

“We urge all persons — Hindus, Muslims, youth and as well as the elderly — to accept the Supreme Court’s decisions no matter what it is. And we are not alone in asking for this peace. Muslim organisations, government, RSS, and Mohan Bhagwatji, all agree to the fact that peace should be maintained in the country,” he said.

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“Hindu-Muslim unity is the strength of our country. We are striving to maintain that peace since Independence. I met RSS chief Mohan Bhagwatji with the same thought in mind. I am happy that we all agree to the fact that unity should be maintained at all costs in the country,” he added.

Last month, the SC reserved its verdict after concluding the arguments in the land dispute case and is likely to pronounce the verdict in the matter before November 17, the day when Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi demits his office.

The CJI held a day-to-day hearing for 40 days on a batch of petitions challenging the Allahabad High Court’s order trifurcating the 2.77 acres of the disputed land at Ayodhya into three equal parts to Ram Lalla, Sunni Waqf Board and Nirmohi Akhara.

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