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AOL's Ravi Shankar on Ayodhya row: Muslim leaders willing to shift masjid

Muslims have supported the proposal of shifting the Masjid outside to another place: Art of Living

Press Trust of India  |  Bengaluru 

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Renewing his mediation efforts on the Babri Masjid-dispute in Ayodhya, founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on Friday held a meeting here with Muslim leaders, including members from the All and

After the meeting, the AOL said eminent members of the Sunni Waqf Board, All and others met Ravi Shankar and expressed support for an out-of-court settlement in the matter.

"They have supported the proposal of shifting the Masjid outside to another place. Many Muslim stakeholders are cooperating in this matter," an AOL statement said.

It said that 16 leaders from multiple organisations attended the meeting at which representatives and scholars from various states were present too.

"A bigger meeting is slated to be held in soon," the statement said.

Muslim Personal Law Board executive member MaulanaSyed Salman Hussain Nadvi attended the meeting, as also chairperson Zufar Ahmad Farooqui, Maulana Wasif Hasan of Teelay Wali Masjid in Lucknow and retired IAS officer Dr Anis Ansari, an AOL executive said.

Other attendees were Centre for Objective Research andDevelopment (CORD) director Athar Husain Siddiqui, businessman. A R Rahman, London-based World Islamic Forum chairman Maulana Isa Mansuri, Lucknow advocate Imran Ahmed, former Haj committee of India chairman A Aboobucker and Dr Musa Kaiser of Bengaluru.

The fresh efforts come after a lull in the dialogue process initiated with "stakeholders" by who had earlier claimed that "very good and positive signs" had emerged from both the communities.

The efforts had received a tepid and sceptical response from the Vishwa Hindu Parishad which had distanced itself from the spiritual leader's attempt to mediate in the protracted issue.

During the Dharma Sansad held at Udupi in Karnataka in November last year, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and the VHP did not 'appreciate' the spiritual guru's efforts to resolve the temple dispute without taking them into confidence.

Ravi Shankar had also, in November last, met Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath who then said "everyone knows where the talks would lead to", especially when the matter is pending before the

When the matter came up before the on Friday, it asked parties before the Allahabad High Court in the Babri Masjid-dispute to file in two weeks English translation of documents exhibited by them.

A special bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said it would hear the appeals on March 14 and clarified that it never intended to hear the case on a "day-to-day basis".

First Published: Fri, February 09 2018. 17:10 IST