Muslims should hand over the Babri Masjid plot for construction of a Ram temple, Shia cleric Maulana Kalbe Sadiq, the vice-president of the AIMPLB, said at a peace and harmony meeting Sunday.
“The Supreme Court verdict, when it comes, if it is not in favour of Muslims, they should give it to Hindus. Muslims should calmly and peacefully accept that verdict. If Muslims win, it is my humble request that they should happily hand over the land to Hindus. If you do not give anything, you will not get anything in return. If you give this one plot, you will win crores of hearts,” the Maulana told the World Peace and Harmony conclave in Mumbai. Union Minister for Science and Technology Harsh Vardhan and yoga televangelist Ramdev were present at the event.
The Muslim personal law board disassociated itself from Kalbe Sadiq’s comment. “These are his personal views. The AIMPLB has said categorically that it will abide by whatever verdict the court gives. Maulana Kalbe Sadiq was part of this decision that was taken both by the AIMPLB general body as well as the executive body. There is no point taking a new decision now. We all should wait for the SC verdict,” AIMPLB member Maulana Khalid Rasheed Firnagimahli said.
The Maulana’s statement was welcomed by Harsh Vardhan and Ramdev. “Maulana sahib has won our hearts today. People know that Bhagwan Shri Ram is not of Hindu or Muslims but the soul and heart of all of us,” the minister said.