Threats, allegations mar AIMPLB meet in Hyderabad

Board member Maulana Salman Nadvi threatens to quit and calls upon Muslim community to form a better alternative to AIMPLB

By Author  |  Published: 10th Feb 2018  10:10 pmUpdated: 10th Feb 2018  11:15 pm

Hyderabad:Tumultuous developments marked the second day of the 26th plenary session of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) here on Saturday, with top office-bearers of the Board indulging in allegations, threats of quitting and calls for expulsion.

The day began with the Board’s executive committee member Maulana Syed Salman Hussaini Nadvi threatening to quit and apart from levelling allegations against the Board, he called upon the Muslim community to form a better alternative to the AIMPLB.

This led to a strong protest from several members of the Board, who expressed displeasure over his statements. Though many Board members, including MP Asaduddin Owaisi, refused to comment on the issue, others demanded that Maulana Salman Nadvi be expelled from the working committee immediately.

The Board, following objections from different members on Friday to Maulana Salman Nadvi’s meeting with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on the Babri Masjid issue, had set up a four-member committee to probe the issue and submit a report on Sunday.

Reacting to this, Maulana Salman Nadvi said he was not bothered about the consequences and that he did not want to remain in the Board that was ‘undemocratic’. In separate interviews to news channels on Saturday, he called for the construction of a mosque in another location than that of the demolished Babri Masjid.

He said the Board should clarify on its spokesperson Maulana Khalil-ur-Rahman Sajjad Nomani’s reported speech that Rohingyas would be massacred in India, and another video recording of Maulana Sajjad Nomani, where he says he regularly met leaders of Rashtra Swayamseva Sangh (RSS), and that he was ‘close’ with the RSS top brass.

He also said he would meet more spiritual and religious leaders to get a mosque built as replacement for the Babri mosque. He left for Lucknow, where he is the Dean of the Faculty at the reputed Darul-Uloom Nadwatul Ulama.

Board to issue ‘Hyderabad Declaration’

A ‘Hyderabad Declaration’ will be issued here on Sunday afternoon by the AIMPLB after the conclusion of its 26th plenary. The Board held two sessions, one each on the Babri Masjid and triple talaq issues, at the Salar-e-Millat auditorium on Owaisi Hospital campus on Saturday. Board general secretary Maulana Wali Rahmani read out a report prepared by him, underlining concerns of the Muslim community over threats to their personal law (Sharia) with interference from the Centre.