Gyanvapi Masjid: The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), the main organization of Muslims in India, termed as “unjust” the ban on eating Wuzu at the mosque on the orders of the court after an alleged Shivling was found in Varanasi’s Gyanvapi Masjid, saying that the whole incident was communal. Nothing more than a conspiracy to create frenzy.
In a statement issued late Monday night, Khalid Saifullah Rahmani, general secretary of the board, said, “The Gyanvapi Masjid is a mosque and will remain a mosque. The attempt to term it as a temple is nothing more than a conspiracy to create communal frenzy. It is against the law. In the year 1937, in the case of Deen Mohammad Vs State Secretary, the court had decided on the basis of oral testimony and documents that this entire compound (Gyanvapi mosque complex) belonged to the Muslim Waqf and Muslims were allowed to offer Namaz in it. The court had also decided that how much part is a mosque and how much is a temple. At the same time, Wazhu Khana was accepted as the property of the mosque. Then in 1991, the Places of Worship Act was passed by the Parliament, which disclosed that It is said that the places of worship will be maintained as they were in 1947. In the judgment of the Babri Masjid case in the year 2019, the Supreme Court had very clearly said that now all the places of worship will be under this law and this law is of Dastur Hind. According to the foundation.”
“All India Muslim Personal Law Board will fight injustice”
He also questioned the role of the court of Civil Judge (Senior Division) of Varanasi, saying, “The requirement of law was that the claim of the mosque to be a temple would have been immediately rejected by the court but alas, the civil court of Banaras had rejected this site.” The order for survey and videography has been issued. The Waqf Board has approached the High Court in this regard and the case is pending there. Similarly, the Gyanvapi Masjid’s Vigilance Committee has also approached the Supreme Court against this decision of the Civil Court. There also this issue is in the hearing stage, but ignoring all these things, the civil court first issued the order of the survey and then, accepting its report, issued an order to stop the portion of eating Wuzu.
He said, “This order is an excess and also a violation of the law which cannot be expected from a court at all. Stop the implementation, wait for the Allahabad High Court’s decision and protect all religious places as per the 1991 Act.
Rehmani, referring to the arguments of the Hindu side for having a temple inside the mosque, said, “If the status of the places of worship is changed on the basis of such conceivable arguments, then the whole country will become a victim of chaos, because how many big temples are there. Buddhist and Jain shrines have been transformed and their visible traces are also present. Muslims cannot tolerate this oppression at all. All India Muslim Personal Law Board will fight this injustice at every level.”
Significantly, on Monday, a Shivling was allegedly found in survey videography done inside the Gyanvapi Masjid on the orders of a local court in Varanasi and after this, the Vaju Khana has been sealed on the directions of the court. However, the Muslim side is disproving this claim, saying that all the mosques built during the Mughal period used to have a fountain inside the Wuzu Khana. He says that the stone which is being told as Shivling is a part of the same fountain.