• ‘Review petition will harm, not help, Muslims’

    Press Statement

    November 26, 2019

    Around 100 Muslims from across India, including an Islamic scholar, social activists, lawyers, journalists, businessmen, poets, actors, film makers, theatre personalities, musician, students, farmers and home makers have opposed the decision of several of the Muslim litigants in the Ayodhya dispute to challenge the recent unanimous decision of a constitution bench of the Supreme Court in favour of a Ram Temple at the disputed plot.

    “We share the unhappiness of the Indian Muslim community, constitutional experts and secular organisations over the fact that the highest court in the land has placed faith above law in arriving at its decision. But while agreeing that the court order is judicially flawed, we strongly believe that keeping the Ayodhya dispute alive will harm, and not help, Indian Muslims”, says the statement.

    Full text of the statement:

    “We, the undersigned, are deeply concerned over the decision of several of the Muslim litigants in the Ayodhya dispute to challenge the recent unanimous decision of a constitution bench of the Supreme Court in favour of a Ram Temple at the disputed plot.

    “We share the unhappiness of the Indian Muslim community, constitutional experts and secular organisations over the fact that the highest court in the land has placed faith above law in arriving at its decision. But while agreeing that the court order is judicially flawed, we strongly believe that keeping the Ayodhya dispute alive will harm, and not help, Indian Muslims.

    “We urge fellow Muslims to ponder over what has been gained and what has been lost in the course of the over three-decades-old Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute. Has it not meant loss of previous Muslim lives and countless property on one side and the meteoric political ascendency of the sangh parivar on the other? Have we not learnt through bitter experience that in any communal conflict, it is the poor Muslim who pays the price?

    “Many have been advising Muslims to ‘move on’. Our appeal to fellow Muslims is to ‘move away’ from the mandir-masjid dispute since it only helps to mask the real agenda of the sangh parivar: the replacement of our secular-democratic republic with a Hindu Rashtra.

    “We believe that continuation of the dispute in the court will add fuel to anti-Muslim propaganda and Islamophobia, aid further communal polarisation. On the other hand, in choosing not to pursue the matter further, Muslims stand to gain the goodwill and empathy of the non-communal millions from the majority community. This will be in the best interests of the community and the country.”

    Signatories

    1.      Aariz Mohammed, Social activist, Hyderabad

    2.      A. J. Jawad, Advocate, Chennai

    3.      Abdul Kader Mukadam, Author, columnist (Marathi), Mumbai

    4.      Afaque Azad, Musician, Social Activist, Mumbai

    5.      Aftab Khan, Journalist, Nasik

    6.      Afzal Patel, Hotelier, Social Activist, Mumbai

    7.      Akbar Shaikh, Farmer, Activist, Solapur

    8.      Anjum Rajabali, Film writer, Mumbai

    9.      Arif Kapadia, Activist, Businessman, Mumbai

    10. Arshad Alam, Academic, Columnist, Delhi

    11. Gulam A Vahanvaty, Rotarian, Businessman, Mumbai

    12.  Hafiz Ali, Teacher (Urdu), Jalgaon

    13. Hamida Latif, Social activist, Mumbai

    14. Hasan Kamaal, Poet, Senior Journalist, columnist (Urdu), Mumbai

    15. Irfan Engineer, Social activist, Mumbai

    16. Javed Anand, Journalist, Human Rights Activist, Mumbai

    17.  Javed Siddiqi, Film writer, Mumbai

    18.  Kaniza Garari, Journalist, Hyderabad

    19. Kasim Sait, Businessman, Social Activist, Chennai

    20. Khalil Deshmukh, Social Activist, Jalgaon

    21. Mohammed Imran, Lucknow

    22. Mohib Ahmad, Social activist, Bhopal

    23. Muniza Khan, Human rights activist, Varanasi

    24. Naseeruddin Shah, Actor, Mumbai

    25. Nasreen Contractor, Social Activist, Mumbai

    26. Nisar Ahmed Khan, Senior Journalist (Urdu), Aurangabad

    27. Nuruddin Naik, Businessman, Mumbra, Thane

    28. Saleem Khanba, Advocate, Bhiwandi

    29. Sana Deshmukh, Advocate, Mira Road, Thane

    30. Shabana Azmi, actor, ex-MP

    31. Shahbaz Khan, Community leader, Mumbai

    32. Shakil Sayed, Social Activist, Mumbra, Thane

    33. Shama Zaidi, Film-maker, Mumbai

    34. Shamima Martin, Retired Secretary, UK

    35. Taizoon Khorakiwala, Businessman, Mumbai

    36. Zeenat Shaukatali, Islamic scholar, Mumbai

    37. Zuleikha Jabeen, Social Activist, Delhi

    38. Mubarak Badshah Shaikh, Retired govt. Servant, Akluj, Solapur

    39. Babu Badshah Shaikh, Farmer, Pandharpur, Solapur

    40. Raju Dastagir Shaikh, Farmer, Pandharpur, Solapur

    41. Rafik Dastagir Shaikh, Farmer, Pandharpur, Solapur

    42. Samir Yasin Shaikh, Farmer, Pandharpur, Solapur

    43. Faruk Bagwan, Farmer, Pandharpur, Solapur

    44. Sardar Nabi Shaikh, Farmer, Ambe, Pandharpur taluka, Solapur

    45. Pappu Sardar Shaikh, Farmer, Ambe, Pandharpur taluka, Solapur

    46. Karishma  Rafik Shaikh, Home-maker, Ambe, Pandharpur taluka, Solapur

    47. Rashida Hiralal Sheikh, Home-maker, Ambe, Pandharpur taluka, Solapur

    48. Rehana Mubarak Shaikh, Home-maker, Akluj taluka, Solapur

    49. Shakira Amir Shaikh, Home-maker, Daund, Pune

    50. Banu Babu Shaikh, Home-maker, Pandharpur, Solapur

    51. Saif Ali Babu Shaikh, Businessman, Pandharpur, Solapur

    52. Asif Hamju Mulani, Businessmen, Sangola, Solapur.

    53. Rijwana Hamju Mulani, Businessmen, Sangola, Solapur.

    54. Tehsin Riyaj Mulani, Home-maker, Pune

    55. Mehajabeen Hamid Mulani, Home-maker, Pune

    56. Najama Shabbir Mulani Home-maker, Akluj, Solapur

    57. Fariyal Mansoor Mulani, Home-maker, Akluj, Solapur

    58. Wahiduddin Shaikh, Advocate, Latur.

    59. Sattar Badshah Attar, Social activist, Satara

    60. Abdulkarim Inamdar, Social activist, Satara

    61. Amjad Mubarak Shaikh, Government servant, Akluj, Solapur

    62. Shamshad Amjad Shaikh, Teacher, Akluj, Solapur

    63. Hamid Yusuf Mulani,  Teacher, Akluj, Solapur

    64. Hamaju Kaka Mulani, Teacher, Sangola, Solapur

    65. Amir Mubarak  Shaikh, Gram Sevak, Daund Pune

    66. Rajiyasultana Rajjak Mujawar, Government servant, Pandharpur, Solapur

    67. Rajjak Lalu Mujawar Teacher, Pandharpur, Solapur

    68. Mohasin Rajjak Mujawar, Businessmen, Pandharpur, Solapur

    69. Amin Hamid Shaikh, Political activist, Pandharpur, Solapur

    70. Firoj Hiralal Shaikh, Farmer, Pandharpur, Solapur

    71. Rafik Hiralal Shaikh, Farmer, Pandharpur, Solapur

    72. Hiralal Nabi Shaikh, Farmer, Pandharpur, Solapur

    73. Fatehali Hamid Mulani, Farmer, Pune

    74. Haidarali Hamid Mulani, Engineering student, Pune

    75. Abedali Haidar Mulani, Engineering student, Pune

    76. Mansoor Shabbir Mulani, Engineering student, Pune

    77. Hamid Kader Bagwan, Social Activist, Sangola, Solapur

    78. Mahmud Karim Mujawar, Social Activist, Sangola, Solapur

    79. Rajmahamad Abdul Inamdar, Social Activist, Sangola, Solapur

    80. Farukh Kader Mulani, Social Activist, Sangola, Solapur

    81. Sikander Gani Bagwan, Social Activist, Sangola, Solapur

    82. Irshad Rafik Bagwan, Social Activist, Sangola, Solapur

    83. Salim Ibulal Bagwan, Social Activist, Sangola, Solapur

    84. Aslam Rajak Maneri, Social Activist, Sangola, Solapur

    85. Shokat Abdul Khatib, Social Activist, Sangola, Solapur

    86. Akram Aslam Mulani, Social Activist, Sangola, Solapur

    87. Farukh Vakil Bagwan, Social Activist, Sangola, Solapur

    88. Imran Husain Inamdar, Social Activist, Sangola, Solapur

    89. Akbar Badshah Bagwan, Social Activist, Sangola, Solapur

    90. Rashid Ilahi Bagwan, Social Activist, Sangola, Solapur

    91. Sarfaraz Dastagir Bagwan, Social Activist, Sangola, Solapur


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