By Muslim Mirror Staff
New Delhi: Muslim leaders belonging to prominent Muslim organizations along with other religious leaders had a meeting with National Security Advisor Ajit Doval on Sunday and pledged “unstinted support” to the government in all steps to maintain peace and order.
Engineer Salim , Vice President of Jamaat-e-Islami , Navaid Hamid, president of All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawrat, Asghar Ali Imam Mahdi Salafi , president of Markazi Jamiat Ahle Hadees Hind, Shia leader Maulana Kalbe Jawwad, Maulana Saeed Ahmed Noori, president of Raza Academy, Mumbai, Dr. Zahir Ishaque Kazi, president of Anjuman-I-Islam, Pir Farid Ahmed Nizami of Nizamuddin Auliya Dargah, Delhi, Sirajuddin Qureshi, president of India Islamic Culture Centre, Mujtaba Farooq, secretary-general of All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawrat, Prof. Akhtarul Wasey, president of Maulana Azad University, Jodhpur etc took part in the meeting that lasted for two hours.
They appealed for maintaining peace and tranquility amidst apprehensions that some anti-national elements may try to “exploit the situation”.
“Those attending the meeting were alive to the fact that certain anti-national and hostile elements, both within and outside the country, may attempt to exploit the situation to harm our national interest,” according to a joint statement issued after the four-hour meeting at Mr Doval’s residence.
The participants lauded the government and the people for ensuring harmony after the top court verdict on Saturday.
Settling a fractious issue that goes back more than a century, the Supreme Court in a historic verdict on Saturday backed the construction of a Ram temple by a government trust at the disputed site in Ayodhya, and ruled that an alternative five-acre plot must be found for a mosque in the Hindu holy town.
“The interaction helped to strengthen communication between top religious leaders to maintain a spirit of amity and brotherhood amongst all communities,” the statement said.
All the participants reposed full faith in the rule of law and the Constitution, it said.
“The leaders resolved to honour the decision of the Supreme Court and appealed to all countrymen to abide by it, emphasizing that the national interest overrides all other considerations. They extended their full cooperation to the government in ensuring peace, communal harmony and upholding the rule of law,” it said.
The religious leaders pledged their “unstinted support” to the government in all the measures it may take to maintain peace and order in the society, it said.
The leaders noted with satisfaction that millions of Indians, belonging to both communities, displayed a great sense of responsibility, sensitivity and restraint in accepting the court verdict, it said.
However members of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board were also invited for the dialogue but they had declined the invitation.
Responding to the invite, the general secretary of the AIMPLB, Maulana Wali Rahmani, in a letter said that he was not averse to talks, but that “Maintaining sadbhavna (communal harmony) is not the responsibility of the Muslims alone.” Declining the invite, Rahmani wrote, “At a time, when the government is pushing for amendments to the citizenship act that is discriminatory towards Muslims, I do not think I should participate in the meeting.”
Meanwhile, the Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind (JUH), one of the largest Muslim organisations, issued a statement expressing disagreement with the verdict and termed the ruling “unjust” and said it was in “utter disregard to the truth and evidence”.