The AIMPLB also rejected the SC's directive to the Centre to allot five acres alternative land to the Muslim community in Ayodhya for building a mosque.
The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) on Sunday said that it will file a review petition in the Supreme Court against its November 9 verdict in the Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi title case. The board also decided that it will not accept alternative five acres of land for the construction of a new mosque in Ayodhya as directed by the apex court.
Saying that the judgment in the Ayodhya land dispute case did not do any justice, Syed Qasim Rasool Ilyas of the AIMPLB told reporters, “The Board has decided to file a review petition regarding Supreme Court’s verdict on Ayodhya case.” He was addressing the media after a meeting of the board in Lucknow.
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Board’s secretary Zafaryab Jilani said that the land of the mosque belongs to Allah and under Sharia law, it cannot be given to anybody.
“The board has also categorically refused to take 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,” Jilani added.
The board also contended that the temple was not demolished to build the mosque.
“On the night of December 23, 1949, the installation of statue of Lord Ram inside the Babri Majid was unconstitutional. So, how did the Supreme Court consider them as ‘araadhya’ (eligible for worshipping). They (idols) cannot be considered as ‘araadhya’ (eligible for worshipping) even as per Hindu religion,” news agency PTI quoted Jilani as saying.
Earlier in the day, the Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind also decided to file a review petition challenging the Supreme Court’s Ayodhya verdict. Jamiat chief Maulana Arshad Madani said that they took the decision following extensive deliberations involving lawyers and experts.
The Constitution bench of the Supreme Court had on November 9 unanimously handed over the 2.77 acres of land in Ayodhya where the Babri Masjid once stood to the Ram Lalla, who was one of the three litigants in the case. The Ayodhya verdict by the apex court cleared the way for the construction of a Ram temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya.
The court also directed the Central government to set up a committee within three months for the construction of the temple and ordered it to provide five acres of land to the Sunni Waqf Board for building a mosque in Ayodhya.