Days after the Supreme Court suggested an out-of-court settlement among rival parties in connection with the Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute, some Muslim organisations in Uttar Pradesh have put out hoardings across Lucknow with a message supporting the construction of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya.
According to a report by India Today, the Muslim organisations have taken this ‘bold’ step after the apex court called for an amicable settlement of the dispute through dialogue between the parties.
Among these organisations, Sri Ram Mandir Nirman Muslim Kar Sevak Manch president Azam Khan put out about 10 hoardings in different parts of Lucknow demanding the construction of ‘Ram Mandir’ in Ayodhya.
The report said that Azam Khan set up a group of like-minded Muslims post the Supreme Court’s advice.
Soon after he put out a hoarding, Azam Khan said that he has been receiving threat calls for taking the ‘bold’ step.
“I have been getting threat on e-mails and phones. I can’t identify them. They tell me to leave the issue and rather speak in favour of masjid and work to rebuild the Babri mosque. I was also offered money to abstain from my mission,” Azam Khan told India Today.
Hoardings put up by Muslims supporting Ram Mandir in my city Lucknow ! pic.twitter.com/Qrs6E6s0T8
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Earlier, a member of All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) Maulana Khalid Rashid Firangi Mahali said that they have no issues with the construction of Ram Mandir if the law in our country suggests so.
“If the law suggests that Ram Mandir should be built in Ayodhya, and they are ready for act under the Supreme Court’s directives in the Ram Mandir-Babri Masjid case,” Firangi Mahali said while speaking on a debate show of a leading news channel.
On March 21, the apex court, while hearing BJP leader Subramanian Swamy’s plea, had said that the amicable settlement of the Ayodhya Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute was a better course than on insisting on judicial pronouncement. Chief Justice Khehar even offered to act as a mediator between the two factions.