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Mosque be built at a distance from the disputed area but the Temple should be made at Janmabhoomi site, says Shia board.

Ram temple should be made at disputed land in Ayodhya, Shia Waqf Board tells SC, proposing a mosque away in a Muslim majority area.

Upendra Bharti | HENB | New Delhi | Aug 8, 2017::   In a major and remarkable development, the Shia Central Waqf Board on Tuesday filed an affidavit before the Supreme Court in which it stated that a mosque can be constructed at a place near the birth place of Lord Ram in the Ayodhya district of Uttar Pradesh.

The Board stated that a mosque can be located in a Muslim dominated area at a reasonable distance from Shree Ram Lala’s birth place in Ayodhya.

The Board further claimed that since Babri Masjid was a Shia Waqf property, it is the only one which is entitled to negotiate and arrive at peaceful settlement with other stakeholders in the Babri Masjid-Ram Temple dispute case.

The Board also sought time from the apex court to set up a committee for exploring an amicable settlement of the dispute.

While the BJP welcomed the move, the AIMPLB said Shia Waqf Board’s affidavit holds no value in law.

According to me, this intervention by the Shia Waqf Board is god sent, BJP MP Subramanian Swamy said.

This is just an appeal, this affidavit has no value in law, Zafaryab Jilani, the counsel for Babri Masjid Action Committee said on Shia Waqf Board’s move on the issue.

The submission from the Board came days ahead of the scheduled hearing in the highly vexed case in the Supreme Court from August 11.

The Board had earlier claimed that Babur was a Sunni Muslim, whose army general Mir Baqi constructed Babri Masjid as Shiite structure after demolishing an old temple undr Babur’s order. The UPSCWB said that Waqf Masjid Mir Baqi popularly known as Babri Masjid in Ayodhya was a Shia mosque. As Bubur was a Sunni Muslim, Mir Baqi, a Shia in faith constructed that mosque out of his own fund, the Board also claimed.

Babri Masjid (“Babur’s Mosque”) in Ayodhya, India was constructed on the orders of Mir Baqi, one of Babur’s generals who led forces sent to the region during his reign. In 2003, by the order of an Indian Court, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) was asked to conduct a more indepth study and an excavation to ascertain the type of structure that was beneath the mosque.The excavation was conducted from 12 March 2003 to 7 August 2003, resulting in 1360 discoveries. The ASI submitted its report to the Allahabad high court.

The summary of the ASI report indicated the presence of a 10th-century temple under the mosque. According to the ASI team, the human activity at the site dates back to the 13th century BCE. The next few layers date back to the Shunga period (second-first century BCE) and the Kushan period. During the early medieval period (11–12th century CE), a huge but short-lived structure of nearly 50 metres north-south orientation was constructed. On the remains of this structure, another massive structure was constructed: this structure had at least three structural phases and three successive floors attached with it. The report concluded that it was over the top of this construction that the disputed structure was constructed during the early 16th century.

Uttar Pradesh’s Shia Central Waqf Board had recently decided to stake claim on the demolished Babri Masjid site in Ayodhya, adding a fresh twist to the Ram Janmabhoomi dispute.

The decision to stake claim was taken during the two-day meeting of the Shia Waqf Board which ended in Lucknow recently.

As first step towards realising its goal, the Shia Board decided to challenge a 1946 order by a Faizabad court that awarded the ownership of Mir Baki Mosque, also known as Babri Masjid, to the Sunni Central Waqf Board.

The Board alleged that previous Shia and Sunni Waqf Boards worked in tandem and willfully lost the case.

Chairman of the Shia Waqf Board, Wasim Rizvi, claimed that Mir Baki Mosque was a property of Shia Waqf Board, which he said was the rightful owner.


One comment on “Mosque be built at a distance from the disputed area but the Temple should be made at Janmabhoomi site, says Shia board.

  1. Arindam
    August 10, 2017

    This should settle the issue once and for all. It’s high time we cut out the Sunni middlemen who meddled in this matter.


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