Gyanvapi: Order disregards Places of Worship Act, say Muslim scholars, clerics | India News


LUCKNOW/AYODHYA: Expressing disappointment over the Varanasi court order in the Gyanvapi lawsuit, Muslim scholars and clerics said it has disregarded the Places of Worship Act, 1991.
Maulana Khalid Rasheed Farangi Mahali, executive member of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board, said after the Supreme Court observations on the Places of Worship Act in the Babri Masjid-Ramjanmabhoomi case, it was widely believed that all matters related to temple-mosque issues had been resolved forever, but Varanasi court has disregarded the Act.
“Our legal team will study the order and further line of action will be decided,” he said.
Maulana Yasoob Abbass, general secretary of the All India Shia Muslim Personal Law Board, said, “Such matters should be resolved outside the court. Religious leaders from Muslim and Hindu sides should sit together and resolve the issue peacefully. Hindus and Muslims should work together for the welfare of the country.”
Athar Husain, secretary of Indo-Islamic Cultural Foundation (IICF), the trust formed by the Sunni Central Waqf Board to build a mosque on the five-acre plot in Ayodhya mandated by the Supreme Court in the Ayodhya verdict, said, “In the Ram Janmabhoomi judgment, the SC held that the State, has by enacting the law, enforced a constitutional commitment and operationalised its constitutional obligations to uphold the equality of all religions and secularism which is a part of the basic features of the Constitution. The SC had given a complete verdict in the Ayodhya judgment regarding the applicability of the Places of Worship Act 1991 on all religious places in India, including Gyanvapi Masjid in Varanasi, and the verdict is to be accepted and followed in its full spirit.”
“The Places of Worship Act imposes a non-derogable obligation towards enforcing our commitment to secularism under the Indian Constitution. The law is hence a legislative instrument designed to protect the secular features of the Indian polity which is one of the basic features of the Constitution,” said Mufti Hasbullah, president of Jamiat Ulema Hind, Ayodhya.


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