Kuala Lumpur, MINA – President of the Malaysian Islamic Organization, Mohd Azmi Abdul Hamid, Chair of the World Mosque Alliance, Datuk Seri Ahmad Awang and Secretary General of the Asian Ulema Council, Datuk Wira Abdul Ghani Shamsudin demanded Indian government ensure the protection of religious minorities and their places of worship following a court’s dicission to Babri Mosque which was given to the Hindu community.
In a joint statement, they also urged the Islamic Cooperation Organization (OIC) and Muslim leaders around the world to give a firm stand to India, New Straits Tiems reports.
The Supreme Court of India has decides the ownership of the disputed religious site, the Babri Mosque complex in the city of Ayodhya to Hindu. This decision was announced on Saturday (9/11) amid increasing security throughout the country.
Muslims will be given 2 hectares (5 acres) of land in an alternative location in Ayodhya, in the state of Uttar Pradesh, Aljazeera reported.
Anchal Vohra from Al Jazeera reported from New Delhi that a supervisory board (appointed by the government) would be formed in three months and would basically decide on how to build the temple.
Hindu nationalist supporters of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), believe that Ram, the warrior god, was born at the location of the Babri mosque. They said the first Mughal emperor Babur built a mosque above a temple at that location.
While Muslims say they have been praying in the mosque for several centuries.
The 460 year old mosque was demolished in 1992 by hordes of Hindus, sparking national religious violence that killed around 2,000 people, mostly were Muslims.
The Babri Mosque was destroyed when a political march led to a riot on December 6, 1992. A land case was then brought to Allahabad High Court, whose decision was announced on September 30, 2010.(T/Ast/P2)
Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)