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Indian Muslims salute temple close to a mosque
« في: يوم 01-10-2010 , س 02:08:07 am »
Indians wait court’s verdict on mosque construction
Indian Muslims salute temple close to a mosque



An Indian court will rule on Thursday whether Hindus or Muslims own land around a demolished mosque in northern India.

In 1992 the mosque was destroyed when a politically rally developed into a riot involving 150,000 peopled despite a commitment by the Indian Supreme court by the rally organizers that the mosque would not be harmed.

The riot in 1992 is considered the country’s worst religious violence since the partition, and nearly 2,000 people were killed in subsequent rioting between Hindus and Muslims across the country.

The Babri mosque which is located in Ayodhya city in Utta Pradesh state in India, involves an over a century long contestation on whether a previous temple was demolished or modified to create it, and is known as the Ayodhya debate in India.


Muslim top leader welcomes the verdict

A top leader of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board told the UAE-based Gulf News newspaper that Muslims have no objection for the construction of a mosque and a temple side by side.

The remark is considered significant as the court is still mulling its verdict on the Babri Masjid title case.

Moulana Abdul Rahim Quraishi, secretary and spokesperson of Muslim Personal Law Board, said in Hyderabad on Monday that there was nothing wrong in the mosque and temple construction close by, because many places in India including Hyderabad have mosques and temples standing side by side.

In an interview, he said that on the basis of the evidence on the record, the Allahabad High Court can give a verdict on the built-up area of the Babri Masjid, including the area of three domes and the inner courtyard belong to Muslims, and the title over the outer courtyard where Ram Chabutra existed belong to Hindus.

He added that the Hindu community had used Ram Chabutra for 150 years for worship and if it is given to them, Muslims will not have any objection.
When asked whether it means that a mosque and a temple could exist side by side, Quraishi said: "They can be built, they should be built. There is nothing wrong in that."

But he expressed that the mosque and the temple should have separate ways and the government should utilize the large extent of land, which it has acquired, for the purpose.

"The acquired land should be divided into different portions and it should be used to provide separate ways to the mosque and the temple."

Pointing out that in 1885 a Hindu monk had claimed that Ram Chabutra adjacent to Babri Masjid was the birthplace of Ram and some had taken the same position in the court, Quraishi said that Muslims had not opposed the claim.

"Their [Hindus] claim was never on Babri Masjid but on Ram Chabutra," he said.

"If now they are claiming that Babri Masjid was Ram Janamsthan [birthplace], then [they] should prove it, not on the basis of the sources of Britishers or a footnote in English translation of Babarnama because it was all conspiracy of the Britishers," he said.


Political implications

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has said the dispute is one of the biggest security challenges in India this year along with a Maoist insurgency and a Kashmiri separatist rebellion. Last week, the government issued appeals in newspapers across the country, calling for calm after the verdict.

Any verdict will present his ruling Congress party with a difficult decision. Endorsing a pro-Hindu verdict will damage the secular party's links with the Muslim population, while a pro-Muslim verdict could lead to the political nightmare of ordering the eviction of Hindu groups from the site.

Last November, a government report blamed senior politicians from the opposition Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for the 1992 incident, sparking uproar in parliament. Any decision against Hindus, who make up 80 percent of the population, would give political capital to the BJP.

While the basic question of land ownership is key to settling the dispute, close attention will be paid to the details of the verdict, which may facilitate reconciliation between the two sides.

Any verdict will almost certainly be challenged in the Supreme Court and a final decision may take years to emerge.

The mosque was constructed in 1527 by an order of a Mogul emperor named Babur, and now it is called the Babri mosque is considered to be one of the largest mosques in Uttar Pradesh in India with some 31 million Muslims.



via : alarabiya.net