Alternative land not acceptable for mosque in Ayodhya: Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind

LUCKNOW: Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind (JuH), a key Muslim litigant in the Ayodhya title suit, has decided not to accept the 5-acre alternative land for building a mosque as mandated by the Supreme Court. After its working committee meeting in Delhi on Thursday, the Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind said that nothing would be acceptable as an “alternative” to a mosque, be it money or land.

In another big decision, JuH did not rule out the possibility of going for a review of the Supreme Court verdict. A five-member fact-finding committee to be headed by its president, Arshad Madani, would seek legal opinion on the issue.

“Two crucial decisions were taken in the working committee meeting. One pertained to the five-acre alternative land for a mosque and the other possibility of filing a review plea. The working committee unanimously decided there can be no ‘badal’ (alternative) of a mosque for anything in the world. Neither money nor land,” said UP chief of JuH, Maulana Ashhad Rashidi, who was present in the meeting.

‘Won’t be right for any Muslim outfit to accept a barter

It won’t be right for any other Muslim organisation to accept a barter,” he said.

On the question of the review petition, Maulana Rashidi told TOI, “A committee of five members headed by Arshad Madani will in a couple of days go through court documents and seek legal opinion from JuH’s own lawyers and other Supreme Court lawyers to get a perspective before taking the next step.”

Founded in 1919, Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind is one of the most influential and financially sustainable Muslim organisations in the country that completed 100 years in India. It was an active member of the Khilafat movement and freedom struggle, while also opposing Partition.

Source: Times of India