Id dedicated to Hindu-Muslim amity

Verdict on Babri Masjid case should not affect bond: Imam

A leading Muslim religious scholar said on Thursday that his community was all for a harmonious relationship with Hindus.

“We will pray for long lasting Hindu-Muslim friendship on the occasion of Id,” said Maulana Khalid Rasheed Firangimahali, the Imam of the historic Idgah and senior member of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board.

Maulana Firangimahali would be leading special prayers at the Idgah on the occasion of Id.
“The verdict may be favourable to one side and unfavourable to the other but whatever be the judgment, the Hindu-Muslim bond should remain intact,” he said.

Similar sentiment was echoed by the leading Shia religious scholar Maulana Yasoob Abbas, who is the spokesman of the All India Shia Muslim Personal Law Board. The judgment should have no effect on the relations between the two communities, Maualana Abbas told Deccan Herald here.

Call for peace

Many other religious scholars also aired similar views and called for maintaining peace and harmony irrespective of the decision in the title suits.

“Both sides should accept the court verdict,” they said. “The aggrieved party may also approach the higher judiciary... the Supreme Court,” some of them added.

Widespread communal violence had rocked the country when the disputed structure was demolished in Ayodhya on December 6, 1992.

The special Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court has said that it will pronounce its judgment on the vexed Temple-Masjid title suits on September 24.

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