AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi has asserted that it’s Allah who owns the places of worship and hence, mosques cannot be handed over to anybody simply because a preacher says so.
This came soon after the statement made by Shia Central Waqf Board of Uttar Pradesh to Supreme Court, wherein they said that a mosque could be built in a Muslim-dominated area at a reasonable distance from the disputed site in Ayodhya.
Owaisi took to twitter and expressed his disappointment over the statement by tweeting -“Masjids cannot be given just bcos 1 Maulana says so, Allah is the owner, not a Maulana once a Masjid always a Masjid.”
“Masjids can be managed by Shia, Sunni, Barelvi, Sufi, Deobandi, Salafi, Bohri, but they are not owners. ALLAH is the owner even AIMPLB cannot give,” he posted on social networking site Twitter.
“Masjids are built by people who believe in Day of Judgment and fear ALLAH only. It is the duty of Muslims to offer namaz in the masjid that is protection,” he wrote on the micro-blogging site.
Earlier, it was the National level body of clerics, Majlis-e-Ulama-e-Hind, who voiced same opinions and requested both Shias and Sunnis to not pay attention to the Shia Waqf Board’s suggestions on the Babri Masjid issue.
“The affidavit is nothing but to create a rift between the two communities and has no religious or legal sanctions. A mosque is not owned by anyone and the board is merely its caretaker. A mosque has no Shia or Sunni character either and is for the worship of Allah. Only its caretaker can be Shia or Sunni,” said their general secretary, Maulana Kalbe Jawad.