Respect the judgment of SC, say mosques in UP
AYODHYA/LUCKNOW: On Friday, the Uttar Pradesh mosques made an elaan (announcement) for peace and brotherhood, and for respecting the Supreme Court verdict in due by the 17 th of th is mon th.
“Avoid any slogans, celebrations or complaints, and exhort national integration so th at th e country’s harmony is undisturbed,” was th e collective message delivered to millions of Muslims in th e state.
In Lucknow, Imam of Aishbagh and executive member of (AIMPLB) Maulana Khalid Rasheed Farangi Mahali made an emphatic appeal to th is effect in his address before Friday prayers. Mosques in Ayodhya and adjoining Faizabad also made appeals for peace.
There should be no outward celebrations or expression of remorse, sloganeering or such activities th at hurt th and religious sentiments of o th er communities after th e verdict, declared Mahali.
“When th e SC decides, we should all remember th at th e decision has been made by th e highest court of law, and it should be respected by each one of us,” he added at th e Eidgah in a room full of Namazis
He also asked th e you th to bust th e my th s about Islam on social media and appealed to all to hold national unity above all.
“The current Islamic mon th of Rabi-ul-Awwal is Prophet Muhammad’s bir th mon th. The Prophet made clear th at Islam spreads love, harmony and bro th erhood among all creations of Allah. I have asked us to stay away from animosity. This is th e time we prove wi th our actions th at Islam is indeed a religion of peace, ”said th e cleric.
Disseminating his appeal th rough social media, Mahali said, “To maintain peace is th e responsibility of all and it has been a positive step th at Hindu organizations like RSS and Vishwa Hindu Parishad have also asked for th e same. The gesture is not limited to one community but has to be reciprocated. It is not a time to be fearful but to repose all trust in th e country’s justice system. ”
Similar appeals, I have confirmed to TOI, were made at mosques in Sitapur, Kanpur, Muzaffarnagar, Lakhimpur, Bahraich, Gorakhpur, Leherpur and o th er places.
At Ayodhya’s Kotiya Masjid, Imam Ishtiaq Ahmed addressed devotees. “Everyone was asked to maintain calm in Ayodhya and accept th e apex court’s verdict. No event should be given a communal color, ”said Babri Masjid litigator Iqbal Ansari, who was present at the Kotiya mosque.
Ano th er litigant, Mohammad Umar, who attended prayers at Kewda Masjid of Ayodhya, said: “We were assured by th e administration in a meeting on Wednesday th at adequate security is present and th ere will be no breach of peace. We decided to share th at assurance wi th our bre th ren, who were worried th at mob from outside of Ayodhya will ruin peace here. ”
“The chief Imam told everyone to not be scared or leave th e city but to respect th e SC’s verdict,” I added.
Even at political levels, efforts were made in Ayodhya for peace by holding peace meetings wi th influential locals. Such meetings were held by Peace Party on Thursday and Samajwadi Party on Friday.