In a possible breakthrough on the years-long debate on the disputed Ayodhya land, the Shia Central Waqf Board has offered a new solution to the Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi conflict. He had said, "It has been amicably decided that no new mosque will be built in Ayodhya or Faizabad".
Shia Waqf Board chairman Syed Waseem Rizvi on Monday said, "Following discussions with the different parties we have prepared a proposal". As per the proposal, Ram temple could be built at disputed Ayodhya site and the mosque in Lucknow.
The Uttar Pradesh Shia Central Waqf Board (UPSCWB) said, in the affidavit, that only they are entitled to negotiate and arrive at a peaceful settlement with other remaining stakeholders. The Shia Board said the state government may in turn allot one acre of land for a mosque for Shia Muslims in Lucknow's Husainabad area, "away from the religious territory of the Hindus". "The formula will restore peace, communal harmony and brotherhood between the two communities", he added. According to the proposal of the board, a Ram temple can be built in Ayodhya while a mosque can be constructed in Lucknow.
It gave a list of mosques in Islamic countries which "have been removed". The claim of Shia Waqf Board for registration of Babri masjid as its property was rejected by the court in 1946. He also pointed that Babri mosque was always under a Shia Mutwalli, a descendant of Meer Baqi who constructed the Babri mosque in 1528.
Submitting a proposal before the Supreme Court, the board said it's looking at the bigger picture of national interest.
"The matter is before the Supreme Court".
Even the All India Shia Personal Law Board has rejected. Board spokesperson Maulana Yasoob Abbas reiterated his earlier stand that his organisation will support the stand taken by the AIMPLB on the Ayodhya issue and would not favour any out-of-court settlement.
Iqbal Ansari, a litigant in the case, said that they are with the Sunni Central Wakq Board. "Muslims will only abide by Supreme Court judgment in the case", said Ansari.