In our previous article, we explained how a delegation of Muslims met Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravishankar in Bengaluru to find an “amicable solution” to the issue. The six-member delegation was led by now expelled executive member of All India Muslim Personal Law Board Maulana Salman Nadvi. Maulana Salman Nadvi suggested that the mosque can be shifted outside Ayodhya. The AIMPLB launched a probe into Maulana Salman Nadvi’s meeting with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and after the probe, they unanimously decided to expel Salman Nadvi.
We also informed you how an undettered Salman Nadvi decided to go ahead with the round 2 of his “peace talks” with Sri Sri Ravishankar likely to be held in Ayodhya on February 20.
While the proposal to shift the mosque outside Ayodhya was received with great joy by the Hindu Community, there was more to the episode than what met the eyes:
Maulana Salman Nadvi led delegation made the following suggestions to Sri Sri Ravishankar:
1.) Shift the mosque to some other spot in Faizabad
2.) Guarantee that all the other 400 mosques in India on the list of Hindu organizations should be safe and claims on them should be withdrawn. This also includes the Mosques in Kashi and Mathura
3.) Compensation for victims of the post-Babri-demolition riots
4.) Quick judgment and action in the Babri demolition conspiracy case
5.) A university to be set up at the site of the new grand mosque
So, we saw the so called amicable solution that Maulana Salman Nadvi suggested wasn’t as straight as it seemed. To suggest that Hindus must give up their claims on Kashi and Mathura wasn’t just ludicrous but also reeked of a nefarious agenda. While Ram Mandir is an emotive issue for all Hindus, Kashi and Mathura are no less. Accepting the proposal amounted to abandoning Bhagwan Shiva and Krishna, both of whom are supreme deities in Sanatan Dharma. Point number 3 seems a bit twisted too.
Upon some digging we found out that Maulana Salman Nadvi had a rather dark history. In July 2014, Maulana Salman Nadvi had written a letter to ISIS Chief Abu Bakr Baghdadi congratulating him for his accomplishments and accepting his as the Caliph of Muslims. The Maulana had expressed excitement at the establishment of an Islamic Caliphate. Maulana followed this up with an open letter to the Saudi government where he urged them to prepare an army of five lakh Indian Sunni Muslim youth to fight against the Shia militias in Iraq and elsewhere.
And now a fresh new allegation has been hurled against the Maulana.
Amarnath Mishra, the president of Ayodhya Sadbhavna Samnvyay Maha Samiti claimed that former All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) executive member Moulana Salman Nadvi demanded money, position and land for building another Masjid in Ayodhya.
“I met Nadvi on February 5, we discussed the issue of Babri Masjid-Ram Janambhoomi. He asked me to give a written proposal on the issue and I did the same, which was forwarded to everyone. He wanted to make another Masjid like Mecca in Ayodhya, and for that, he asked for 200 acres of land, membership in the Rajya Sabha and Rs 1,000 crore,” Mishra told ANI.
Amarnath Mishra happens to be an insider hence allegations must be looked into. Sri Sri Ravishankar must immediately suspend all talks with Maualana Salman Nadvi. A man with such a dark history and selfish motives like these cannot be trusted.