“Burn the law libraries and law books if you are delivering judgments based on faith or Aastha!” exclaimed Maulana Arshad Madani, the president of one faction of Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind, during a press conference organized under the auspices of the Muslim Personal Law Board at the central office of Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind in Delhi on Friday.
He said, “The Babri Masjid verdict has set a precedent that establishes that whenever there is any decision concerning the minorities of the country, the preference will always be given to what the majority wants, and it doesn’t matter if it contradicts the law of the nation.”
“We only want to emphasize that if the law is going to favor faith/Aastha in every case involving minorities, then the law will become ineffective, and the rights of minorities will always be at stake,” he added.
Muslim leaders expressed deep regret and concern over the abrupt initiation of puja in Celler of Gayanvapi mosque, marked by the overnight breaking of iron grills and placement of idols.
“The swift initiation of this action, despite the court granting a seven-day window for the administration to make necessary arrangements, raises questions about apparent collusion between the administration and the plaintiff, attempting to foreclose any effort by the Mosque Managing Committee to pursue remedies against the District Court order”, Muslim leaders maintained unanimously in the press conference.
The Muslim leaders also raised serious questions about “the silence of the Supreme Court on the Place of Worship Act 1991 which according to them has become a “source of deep worry for the Muslim community in the country.”
The press conference marked the presence of Maulana Khalid Saifullah Rahmani, President, of All India Muslim Personal Law Board, Maulana Syed Arshad Madani, President, of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind, Maulana Asghar Ali Imam Mehdi, Ameer, Markazi Jamiat Ahle Hadith Hind, Maulana Syed Mahmood Asa’d Madani, President, Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind, Malik Mohtashim Khan, Naib Amir, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, Asaduddin Owaisi, MP, President, All India Majlis Ittehadul Muslimeen, Maulana Mufti Mukarram Ahmed, Shahi Imam, Fatehpuri Masjid, Dr. S. Q. R. Ilyas, Spokesperson & Member of the Working Committee, All India Muslim Personal Law Board, Kamal Farooqui, Member of the Working Committee, All India Muslim Personal Law Board.