Qasim Rasool Ilyas: For the first time, AIMPLB has decided to reach out to leaders of all non-Muslim organisations

What is AIMPLB’s position on the controversy over the Gianvapi Mosque?

We have a very clear position on this issue. Once in The Places of Worship Act was enacted in 1991, there is simply no place to dispute about any place of worship. It was decided unanimously and passed in Parliament, even with the support of the BJP, that after the Babri Mosque, these matters would be stopped… It is very disappointing that the lower court allowed the survey to take place…

Starting with Gyanvapi, it now appears that other mosques in the country are embroiled in a similar controversy. Do you think these differences are politically motivated?

This has happened over the past two days. A Hindu group in Karnataka claimed that the Ala mosque in Srirangapatna in Mandya district was a Hanuman temple and they should be allowed to worship there. Similar controversies have been created around the Neem Mosque in Madhya Pradesh, the Edgah in Mathura and now even the Jama Masjid in New Delhi, where polls are requested. The BJP-RSS group has claimed that there are 30,000 mosques in the country that were built by demolishing temples… Such issues can go on forever, creating chaos… BJP wants to distract people from rising prices. Unemployment and health issues highlighted by the epidemic…

AIMPLB questioned the position taken by the secular parties on this issue or the lack thereof. What were your expectations of them?

It is very unfortunate that the so-called secular parties did not come out and did not say anything, especially in defense of the law on places of worship … However, when the elections are announced, they expect Muslims to vote for them …

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What is the sanctuary of the Muslim community in these circumstances?

It is not only about the Muslim community, it is about India’s constitution and the future of the country… The majority of India’s population did not vote for the BJP… In the meeting held on Tuesday, we decided that AIMPLB, for the first time, will reach out to the leaders of all non-Muslim bodies …

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