Muslims welcome apex court decision on Ayodhya

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

NEW DELHI - Muslim groups Tuesday welcomed the Supreme Court decision to allow the Allahabad High Court to deliver its verdict on the Ayodhya dispute.

The Darul Uloom Deoband, one of the country’s leading Muslim seminaries based in Uttar Pradesh, told IANS that any delay in pronouncing the verdict would have “only vitiated communal peace and harmony and generated an atmosphere of mistrust”.

“The issue has lingered on for the last sixty years… it is time the matter is sorted out,” said Maulana Abdul Khaliq Madrasi, a teacher at the seminary.

The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) also reacted similarly.

Welcoming the apex court decision, board member and legal convenor Zafaryab Jilani said: “We are hopeful that the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court will be able to deliver the judgment by Oct 1.”

“This will be good for all,” he said.

Maulana Niaz Ahmed Farooqi of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind, one of the oldest Muslim organisations in the sub-continent, said the Supreme Court decision would help “in doing away with the uncertainty that hovers around the dispute”.

“Lingering on the dispute would have made it more complicated… It would have disturbed the peace… People have prepared their mind for the high court decision and they are ready to hear that,” Farooqi said.

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