Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind slams disputes on shrines, refuses to accept UCC

A Hindu temple and the Shahi Idgah Mosque side by side in Mathura UP. [Photo: Wikimedia]

New Delhi: Uttar Pradesh-based Clerics on Sunday said repeatedly raising past disputes over ancient places of worship is not appropriate for peace and harmony in India.

During a meeting convened by Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind in Deoband, the clerics asked the community to remain patient, and said that India belonged to them too and those who were asking Muslims to go to Pakistan, can go there themselves, news agency IANS reported.

Maulana Mahmood Madani, as per the report, said, “We had the choice of going to Pakistan but we chose to stay back here. Those who want to send us there now, can go themselves.”

The report quoting Madani said he refused to accept the uniform civil code (UCC) and said that it was against the spirit of the Constitution which grants freedom of religion to every citizen.

The meeting also passed resolutions on the Gyanvapi dispute and the UCC.

The clerics cited the Places of Worship Act 1991 and said that some people were deliberately creating controversies on the issue.

“We will not tolerate any interference in matters of Shariat,” they said.


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