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Ayodhya verdict: Muslim board to take final call on Saturday

By Sharat Pradhan
October 15, 2010 19:31 IST

The All India Muslim Personal Law Board will on Saturday take a final call on the vital question of taking the Ayodhya dispute to the Supreme Court.

Disclosing this, the board's prominent executive member Maulana Khalid Rasheed said in Lucknow on Friday, "The board's 51-member executive body is meeting to discuss the all important issue, which was earlier scheduled to take place in New Delhi, However, subsequently it was decided to hold the meeting here."

He said, "The key question before the executive was to decide whether Muslims should move the apex court in appeal against the September 30 order of the three-judge special bench of Allahabad high court."

The high court had decided to divide the disputed 90 ft x 120 ft plot of Ayodhya land into three equal parts -- two to two separate Hindu parties in the case and one to the Sunni Central Waqf Board, representing Muslims.

Prominent among those who would attend the meeting were leading Shia cleric Maulana Kalbe Sadiq, Maulana Salim Qasmi from the Deoband School of Islamic Thought, Maulana Nizamuddin from Bihar, Abdul Rahim Quraishi from Hyderabad and Qasim Rasul Illyasi from Delhi.

It would be presided over by AIMPLB president Maulana Rabe Hasan Nadvi, who was also Rector of Darul-uloom, Deoband.

Earlier, the Sunni Central Waqf Board had resolved to go into appeal against the order of the high court. However, since AIMPLB was the highest decision making body with respect to religious rights of Muslims across the country, the final decision on the issue was left to the board.
Sharat Pradhan in Lucknow