Ayodhya row: Top cleric Salman Nadvi expelled from AIMPLB

 Top cleric and Executive member of the Board Maulana Syed Salman Hussain Nadvi, who suggested to shift the Babri site away from the disputed area in Ayodhya, was expelled from the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) on Sunday.

Though the committee announced that AIMPLB Board will continue with its old stand that Mosque cannot be gifted, sold or shifted, Mr Nadvi has gone against this unanimous stand.
Mr Nadvi, who defied the stand by saying that shifting of the mosque is permissible, was expelled from the board and issued the Hyderabad declaration as its final conclusion of the three-day deliberations held at the 26the Plenary here.

Reacting to the expulsion, Mr Nadvi said the Board behaved in a dictatorial manner. On Saturday, Mr Nadvi reportedly said the Board has been hijacked by aggressive and extremist elements.

The Top cleric had further said, ‘I stand by my suggestion to shift Babri site’. According to sources, at the general body meeting of AIMPLB, members said Mr Nadvi should be removed from the board.

While briefing the media, the AIMPLB referred to the Nadvi’s statement and said it was not acceptable and the remarks were made in his personal capacity. “As India is a secular country, Muslims have the right to follow their religion and not to allow any interference in it”, one of the members in the Board said.

According to sources, Jamiatul Ulema-e-Hind President Maulana Arshad Madani, who is also a board member, said he was vehemently opposed to Mr Nadvi’s suggestion, which he likened to sabotaging Muslim claims over the disputed site.

According to sources, Mr Nadvi boycotted the Board’s events on Saturday, despite being present in Hyderabad. The also said there is not a single senior Islamic scholar from Hyderabad in the meet.

He said the plenary is being held in Hyderabad and absence of leading city Muslims at the meet is worrying. It seems only one person (without referring name directly) is dictating terms to the board, the top cleric pointed out.

The AIMPLB at the 26th plenary, which ended on Sunday, has decided to launch a countrywide awareness campaign against the instant triple talaq bill (The Muslim Women Protection of Rights on Marriage Bill).

On Babri Masjid case, the Board was taking every legal step for the reconstruction of the Masjid. The Board said Babri Masjid was an essential part of faith in Islam and Muslims can never exchange land for Masjid or gift the Masjid land. Babri Masjid is a Masjid and it shall remain a Masjid till eternity.

The AIMPLB made it clear that the struggle for the reconstruction of Babri Masjid continues and the appeal in the Supreme Court is being fought rigorously with all the resources available at the disposal of the Board.


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