New Delhi, Feb 14: After Islamic cleric Maulana Salman Nadwi suggested shifting the site of Babri Mosque from Ayodhya, another Muslim scholar Syed Abdullah Tariq showed his support and urged the Muslim community to unite.

Tariq said, “At last a courageous stalwart broke the boundaries of the disastrous unity of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board. Earlier, Maulana Ali Mian Nadwi’s sensible proposal on Babri Masjid was rejected by the board and the Babri Masjid Action Committee in 1989.”

At the 26th plenary of the AIMPLB in Hyderabad, Maulana Nadvi had suggested that shifting the mosque away from the disputed site of Ayodhya and developing a university at the disputed site could be considered as a solution to the Ayodhya dispute.  After which board expelled Nadwi for for going against its “unanimous stand’.

On Nadwi’s expulsion, Tariq said that he was bound to get sacked after expressing divergent views on the Ayodhya issue. He also slammed the Muslim board for its stand on the triple talaq issue. He said the AIMPLB was earning a bad name for Muslims and Islam with its irresponsible behavior.

Tariq stated that Nadwi was trying to save what is left of the ruins for the Muslims. He is the first person to raise voice for the peaceful settlement of the long running Ayodhya dispute.

Tariq also hit out at the AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi, who is also a member of the AIMPLB, for targetting Salman Nadwi in his speeches.

What is Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi dispute?

Hindus and Muslims have quarrelled for over a century over the history of the Babri mosque in Ayodhya, a town in Uttar Pradesh. Hindus claim that the mosque stands on the birthplace of their god-king Rama, and was built after the destruction of a Hindu temple by a Muslim invader in the 16th century. The dispute flared up in 1992 after a Hindu mob destroyed the mosque and nearly 2,000 were killed in rioting between Hindus and Muslims across the country.