Hyderabad, Aug 13 (PTI) AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi today said mosques cannot be handed over to anybody simply because a religious cleric says so, as Allah owns the places of worship.

His statement came in the backdrop of the Shia Central Waqf Board of Uttar Pradesh telling the Supreme Court that a mosque could be built in a Muslim-dominated area at a reasonable distance from the disputed site in Ayodhya.

“Masjids cannot be given just bcos 1 Maulana says so, Allah is the owner not a Maulana once a Masjid always a Masjid,” Owaisi tweeted.

“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 duty of Muslims to offer namaz in masjid that is protection,” he added.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.