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AIMPLB Refuses to Accept 5-acre Alternative Land

The Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind announced that a review petition will be filed against the Supreme Court’s Ayodhya verdict. the All India Muslim Personal Law Board and the Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind also said that mosque land cannot be given up as per the Sharia.

However, the Uttar Pradesh Sunni Central Waqf Board and a main litigent Iqbal Ansari, also a main litigant said they would not file a review petition.

The AIMPLB also said that it was against accepting the five-acre alternative land given for a mosque as it “will neither balance equity nor repair the damage caused” and claimed the verdict had several contradictions.

The Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind, whose former Uttar Pradesh General Secretary M Siddiq was one of the original petitioners, said it will file the review petition soon as the verdict is “not based on evidence and logic”.

Jamiat chief Maulana Arshad Madani said in a statement in Delhi that the apex court accepted most of the arguments and evidence of the Muslim parties, but delivered the judgment against them in favour of the Hindu parties.

“It is not a prestige issue. This is a matter of Sharia. We can neither give the mosque, nor take anything in lieu of it,” Madani told reporters in Lucknow.

“The committee was of the view that our review petition will be dismissed, but we have to take this step (of filing the review),” Madani told reporters.

AIMPLB secretary Zafaryab Jilani told reporters after the meeting, “The land of the mosque belongs to Allah and under the Sharia, it cannot be given to anybody.” “The Board has also categorically stated that it was against taking five-acre land in Ayodhya in lieu of the mosque. The board is of the view that there cannot be any alternative to the mosque,” he said.

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