New Delhi, Nov 20: At a time when spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is trying to meditate on the Ram Mandir-Babri Masjid dispute, Shia Central Waqf Board came up with a proposal under which Ram Temple will be built in Ayodhya and mosque can be constructed in Lucknow. Also Read - Process for Mosque Construction Begins in Alternative Land for Babri Masjid
“After discussions with different parties, we have prepared a proposal in which a Ram Temple will be built in Ayodhya and a Mosque can be built in Lucknow,” Syed Waseem Rizvi, chairman of Shia Central Waqf Board told ANI. “This is a solution which will ensure peace and brotherhood in the country,” Rizvi added. Also Read - Ayodhya Mosque to be Dedicated to Ahmadullah Shah, a Leader of Indian Rebellion of 1857
On October 31, Waseem Rizvi met Sri Sri Ravi Shankar at Bengaluru and discussed the possible ways to sort out the Ayodhya imbroglio. After the meeting, Rizvi said the entire nation respected the AOL founder and that the Shia community was of the view that the long-pending dispute should be solved amicably and not by confrontation. Also Read - 'Historical Mistake' Corrected With Demolition of Babri Masjid: Union Minister Prakash Javadekar
Rizvi also said that the Shia community had all rights in the matter as the Babri mosque in Ayodhya was Shia place of worship and that up to 1944, it was run by Shia administrators. After this, the Sunni community got it registered but this was invalidated later, he added.
The Shia Waqf Board had told Supreme Court on August 8 that a mosque can be built in a Muslim area at a reasonable distance from the site of the temple-mosque dispute. Claiming that the Babri mosque site was its property, the Shia Board had also said it was entitled to hold negotiations.
A three-judge bench comprising Justices Dipak Misra, Ashok Bhushan and S A Nazeer has been constituted by Chief Justice J S Khehar to hear a batch of petitions challenging the Allahabad High Court verdict in the Ayodhya land dispute case from August 11.
The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court had in 2010 ruled a three-way division of the disputed 2.77 acres area at the Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid site in Ayodhya. The three-judge bench of the high court, by a 2:1 majority, had said the land be partitioned equally among three parties — the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla.