TDN World |Staff Reporter

The ALL India Muslim Personmal Law Board (AIMPLB) has issued a statement on Tuesday – a day before the Ram Mandir bhoomi Pujan – saying that Babri Masjid was a mosque and will always remain a mosque.

On Wednesday the ground breaking ceremony (Bhoomi Pujan) for the construction of the Ram temple is going to take place at the very site of the demolished Babri mosque.

Opposing the move, The AIMPLB said, “Babri Masjid was and will always be a Masjid. Hagia Sophia is a great example for us. Usurpation of the land by an unjust, oppresive, shameful and majority appeasing judgement can’t change it’s status.”

” No need to be heartbroken. Situation don’t last forever,” the statement added.

Earlier The AIMPLB declined the Supreme Court verdict, favoring the building of Ram temple on the disputed site.

Reiterating to its firm stance, Maulana Mohammad Wali Rahmani, the general secretary of AIMPLB said, “It has always been our position that the Babri Masjid was never built by demolishing any mandir or any Hindu place of worship. Supreme Court of India has also affirmed our position in its November 2019 judgement.”

“… The supreme court also accepts in its judgement that the demolition of Babri masjid on 6th December, 1992 was an illegal, unconstitutional and criminal act. It is indeed regrettable that after accepting all these facts, the apex court in an extremely unjust verdict handed over the land of the masjid to the people who had placed idols in the mosque in a criminal manner and were party to its criminal demolition,” The AIMPLB said in the the statement.

The 16th century Babri mosque was built under the rule of Mughal emperor Babar. The last friday prayer was offered in the iconic mosque on December 16, 1949, before it was desecrated, and idols were installed. In December 6, 1992, the mosque was razed to ground by the Hindu militants.

Structure of Babri Masjid early in 1900. From the archive of British Library Board. Image credit – The Wire.

It is to be noted that in 1994, the Supreme Court of India said on the demolition of the mosque: “within a short time, the entire structure was demolished and razed to the ground. Indeed, it was an act of ‘national shame’. What was demolished was not merely an ancient structure; but the faith of the minorities in the sense of justice and fair play of majority.It shook their faith in the rule of law and constitutional processes. A 500-year-old structure which was defenceless and whose safety was a sacred trust in the hands of the State government was demolished.”