Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind on Thursday said that it will not file a review petition against the Supreme Court’s Ayodhya verdict. The decision was taken by the working committee of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind. "Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind has passed a resolution that it will not file a review petition against the Supreme Court verdict on Babri Masjid & mosques managed by Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and Waqf properties,” reported ANI.
The development comes a day after the Sunni Waqf Board distanced itself from the decision of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) on the filing of a review petition against the Supreme Court verdict on the Ayodhya title suit. The Sunni Central Waqf Board has been awarded the alternative five-acre land for mosque by the apex court.
Earlier on Sunday, both AIMPLB and Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind had announced that they will file review petition against the Supreme Court verdict and stressed that mosque land cannot be given up as per the Sharia.
Jamiat chief Maulana Arshad Madani said in a statement in Delhi that the apex court accepted most of the arguments and evidence of the Muslim parties, but delivered the judgment against them in favour of the Hindu parties. It is not a prestige issue. This is a matter of Sharia. We can neither give the mosque, nor take anything in lieu of it," Madani had said.
"The AIMPLB, which is not a direct party to the case, will continue to play the role of guiding force for the litigants and in managing the case. Out of the Muslim petitioners, at least five seem to be backing a review with the Jamiat already announcing that it will do so," AIMPLB member Kamal Farooqui told PTI after the Board's meeting in Lucknow's Mumtaz College.
AIMPLB secretary Zafaryab Jilani told reporters after the meeting, "The land of the mosque belongs to Allah and under the Sharia, it cannot be given to anybody."
"The Board has also categorically stated that it was against taking five-acre land in Ayodhya in lieu of the mosque. The board is of the view that there cannot be any alternative to the mosque," he said.
The installation of a statue of Lord Ram inside the Babri Masjid in the night of December 23, 1949, "was unconstitutional", Jilani said, adding, "So, how did the Supreme Court consider them as 'araadhya' (eligible for worship). They (idols) cannot be considered as 'araadhya' (eligible for worship) even as per Hindu religion."
With PTI Inputs