Arshad Madani reiterated that Muslims will accept the upcoming SC verdict in the Babri Masjid case, and said “But, it is important that the Hindus too respect the verdict as and when it is delivered”
Abdul Bari Masoud | Caravan Daily
NEW DELHI — Referring to an “understanding” he has reached with RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat to ensure communal harmony, president of the Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind Maulana Syed Arshad Madani reiterated on Wednesday that Muslims will accept the upcoming Supreme Court verdict in the Babri Masjid case. “But, it is important that the Hindus too respect the verdict as and when it is delivered,” he said.
As the count-down has begun for delivery of the SC verdict, Jamiat chief Maulana Arshad Madani addressed a press conference at the Constitution Club here to announce the Jamiat stand vis-à-vis the SC order which is expected anytime now. Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind is an appellant in the case and it also took part in the mediation process.
The Jamiat is hopeful that the verdict would be in its favour. “The court is a place where faith (ashtha) does not matter, but facts and evidence are prime considerations. The lawyers appearing in the Babri Masjid case, particularly senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan, has argued the case forcefully,” Maulana noted.
The Maulana said Muslims’ claim in the case was based on historical facts and evidence. The Babri Masjid was constructed without demolishing any temple or place of worship. “The Babri Masjid case is not a mere land dispute but one that tested the supremacy of law. Every individual with the right frame of mind wanted (that) the case to be adjudicated on the basis of hard facts and evidence, and not on the basis of faith and belief,” he said, and added that the apex court also categorically stated that it was a matter of land dispute, not of faith.
When asked what would he do if the verdict did not come on the lines he has expected, he said, ”We have said a thousand times in the past that we will abide the verdict, but our expectation is also that the Hindus also would stand by the judgment and help maintain peace.”
The Jamiat chief recalled his meeting with the RSS chief on the issue and said, “I am glad to state that all concerned parties are willing to abide by the stand that the SC takes. I would be meeting Bhagwat again and might address a joint press conference with him.”
Maulana Madani said, in the past, he had gone all the way to Ayodhya to resolve the dispute through dialogue but Hindu litigants did not show any interest. “I shared with them the formula that we were willing to give up our claim on the Ram Chabutra, if Hindu parties too gave up their claim over the three dome portion and its courtyard area. But, they were adamant and rigid and were not willing to budge an inch from their stand,” he said.
He explained: “The courtyard area was the actual site where the Babri Masjid once stood, and where Muslims offered prayers (namaz) for a long time. On this portion, the mosque was built for prayers of Muslims and it was dedicated (waqf) for the sake of the Almighty Allah. Therefore, this portion cannot be sold, transported, or gifted to someone in accordance with the Islamic Sharia. Also, the Indian Waqf Act does not permit this.”
“As the Hindu parties were not agreeable to the above formula, we wait for the judgment of the Supreme Court. We, on behalf of the Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind, assures the nation that whatever be the judgment of the Supreme Court on the title suit of Babri Masjid, we will accept it.”
The verdict in the politically-sensitive Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi land dispute case is expected before November 17, as Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, heading the constitution bench which heard the case, is set to retire on this day.