Muslims support CJI on Ayodhya

Days after Chief Justice of India J S Khehar suggested to resolve the Ayodhya dispute through dialogue, a section of Muslims have welcomed the idea, but with a condition. They have said that Muslims should forgo the claim on the disputed land in Ayodhya provided the Hindu organizations give an undertaking in the Supreme Court that the status quo of all the religious sites across the country be maintained as on August 15, 1947.

The new thinking in the community is driven by a desire to settle the dispute once and for all and enter a new era of Hindu-Muslim unity.

The community favours negotiations under the supervision of the Supreme Court. Islamic scholar Zeenat Shaukat Ali said that Muslims would only follow a famous tradition of the Prophet if they climb down from their demand.

Urdu commentator Hasan Kamaal too endorsed the idea of a dialogue. “After solving this dispute, no organization should raise the issue of taking back any other mosque,“ he said.

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