Nadwi claimed that he is ready to re-join AIMPLB only if top members like Asaduddin Owaisi, Kamal Farooqui, Qasim Rasool and Yusuf Machala are expelled.
In a major development in the out-of-court settlement of the Ayodhya dispute, ousted member of All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) Maulana Salman Nadwi on Thursday stated that he will wait for the Supreme Court verdict and the issue will not be in his agenda of talks with Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.
Nadwi further claimed that he is ready to re-join AIMPLB only if top members like Asaduddin Owaisi, Kamal Farooqui, Qasim Rasool and Yusuf Machala are expelled from the board.
Posting a video message on his official social media account, the cleric claimed that a large number of Hindu and Muslims are not ready for any form of settlement talks on the issue.
“People on both sides are becoming abusive and hampering their own health worrying what if a solution is reached in the Ayodhya dispute. We have been looking forward to the SC judgment but there was no harm in trying out a peaceful settlement between the two communities. Since the majoritarain view on both sides is against it, I strike off the Ram Janmbhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute from my agenda,” he said.
Also stating that he has decided to shelve his elders Maulana Rabey Hasan Nadwi (AIMPLB chief) and Maulana Arshad Madani because they are perturbed with such talks, Nadwi said, “Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and I have met several times on the particular issue – twice through video conferencing and twice in person. On Thursday when I met him, I told him that a large number of people are against my step and are heavily abusive towards me. He then said that the same is being done and said for him as well, which has been very discomforting, since all the talks were to only bring people together for peace.”
The AIMPLB distanced itself from Nadwi, following his meetings with Sri Sri – once in Lucknow on March 1 and previously at Sri Sri’s Bengaluru Ashram on February 8. Nadwi put his resignation on February 10.
Addressing his followers through social media in an almost 10-minute-long speech, Nadwi said, “The Ayodhya agenda will not be a part of this board but there is a need for an all religion inclusive organisation in the country, with there being none so far. This organisation will work for people’s welfare across religions.”
“Owaisi is using the board for his own purposes of dividing Muslim votes. Wherever he goes, that is the image of him carried by majority of Muslims, be it in Uttar Pradesh or Karnataka. The board should realise this and puritise itself again by removing him and the three others whose idea of Islam is beyond acceptable,” he added.