OIC, Muslim leaders urged to make a stand on Babri Mosque verdict

Straits Times
10 November 2019
 KUALA LUMPUR: The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation
(OIC) and Muslims leaders worldwide have been urged to make their stand
following the verdict on the 16th century Babri mosque in India.
In a statement, Malaysian Consultative Council of
Islamic Organization president Mohd Azmi Abdul Hamid, World Mosque in Defence
of Al Aqsa chair alliance Datuk Seri Ahmad Awang and Ulama Assembly of Asia
chair secretariat Datuk Wira Abdul Ghani Shamsudin also demanded that the
Indian government ensure protection of all religious minorities and their
places of worship.
India’s Supreme Court had yesterday ruled that the
disputed holy site of Ayodhya in northern India should be given to Hindus who
want to build a temple there.
It was in the old temple town that Babri mosque was
demolished by Hindu mobs in 1992, which sparked riots that killed nearly 2,000
people, mostly Muslims.
“Replacing the mosque with another land does not
resolve the dispute.
“It must also be based on justice for those killed
and compensation for the mosque destroyed,” the statement read.
“The court also declared the demolition of the Babri
mosque was against the rule of law.
“So, why is there a silence on this issue?
“Those responsible must be brought to justice.”
The statement also raised concern that the verdict
would trigger more claims to avenge historical demands on holy sites.
“The question now is how does faith determine a land
 “The rule of law
should have ideally determined a property dispute, but in this case a belief
took dominance in the court decision,” it said.
 Mohd Azmi, Ahmad and
Abdul Ghani also voiced their concern over the growing “hate campaign” against
Islam and Muslims in India.“The Ayodhya verdict signals a long-term impact on
the status of Muslims in India. The religious harmony that India wishes to
cultivate amongst its people is now erased by the Hindutva ideology.”
Women perform rituals at the banks of Saryu river on the day when the Supreme
Court announced a verdict over a disputed religious site, in Ayodhya, India, 09
November 2019.-EPA


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