The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) has reacted sharply to the ongoing Hindutva campaigns against Gyanvapi Mosque in Varanasi, saying hate-mongering forces were spreading false propaganda and targeting Muslim holy places with full force.
It stated that the AIMPLB members also realised that the “central government and the state governments, which have a responsibility to enforce the Constitution and law, political parties that call themselves secular and just are also silent on the issue. They are not coming to the fore against this false propaganda the way they should. Their position needs to be clarified.”
It went on to say: “We hope they will clarify their position and also stand for the protection of the Constitution and secular character of the country, a clear and loud voice shall be raised by them. The board realises that the courts are also disappointing the minorities and the oppressed. Because of this, the sectarian forces that are taking the path of lawlessness are getting encouragement. The issue of Gyanvapi started in the court three years ago. The stay order of the High Court was ignored. Repeatedly filing suits on Gyanvapi and then issuing such orders by the courts is extremely disappointing and disturbing.”
The country’s tallest Muslim body convened an online emergency meeting on Tuesday night.
“An emergency online meeting of the working committee of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board was convened last night to discuss the attitude of the sectarian forces towards the Gyanvapi Masjid and various masjids and holy places for Muslims. These issues were discussed in detail,” it said.
The AIMPLB has constituted a legal committee to look into the 1991 Act on places of worship and the decision regarding Babri Masjid and to present the case effectively.
The committee members are Yousuf Hatim Machhala, M.R Shamshad, Fazil Ahmad Ayubi, Tahir Hakeem, Niaz Farooqi, Dr Qasim Rasool Ilyas and Kamal Farooqi.
The Muslim body called on the government to clarify its position on the 1991 Act on places of worship.
“However, the government’s silence on such incidents is a criminal act, which cannot be accepted in any way,” it said.
The AIMPLB further asserted that It was decided at the meeting that a peaceful people’s movement could be started if required.
“Taking brothers of other minorities into confidence will awaken public opinion on the common responsibility for respecting and protecting religious places of worship and holy places,” read the statement.
The Muslim body also urged the Islamic scholars to address issues of importance, sanctity of a mosque in Sharia and protection of mosques in Friday’s sermons in the next three weeks.