In matter of a few days, Supreme Court is to begin hearing on the much disputed Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid issue Uttar Pradesh Shia Central Waqf Board told the Supreme Court that the fifteenth century Babri Masjid was a Shia waqf (blessing) and their Sunni partner, who have been at the bleeding edge of the 70-year-old Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title question, were negligible intruders drove by “hardliners, aficionados and non-devotees” who don’t need a friendly settlement with the Hindu orders included.

The board, which is not a party to the Ayodhya title suit, said also the two structures should not be contiguous to prevent any future incidents of discord and disharmony. It called upon the top court to mediate between the warring parties: currently the Sunni Central Wakf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and the deity, who has been named as a party to the case and represented by a VHP leader.

The Shia board had lost a case over the debated structure in 1946. Presently it is trying to revive the issue, by encouraging the court to enable it to intercede and display its case in the title suit. The Allahabad High Court had in a 2010 decision isolated the land into three sections, with 66% setting off to the Hindus and the rest to Muslims. The two sides have challenged the verdict.

The Hindus have demanded the whole land and need the Muslims to move out to over the Sarayu stream, a proposition made freely by BJP leader Subramanian Swamy. The Sunni Wakf board had declined to surrender the land, rather saying it would sit tight for a court decision on the issue. The Uttar Pradesh Shia Wakf Board said it has gotten dangers from hardliners for its stand, however needs a peaceful solution for the issue. 

The board, which claimed the Babri Masjid structure as a Shia Wakf property, cited the Muslim “tenets of living in peace and harmony and respecting the religious sentiments of other communities” to offer its solution to the issue. “…to bring a quietus, the masjid can be located in a Muslim-dominated area at a reasonable distance from the most revered birth place of Maryada Purushottam Shri Ram,” it said to the Economic Times.  


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