Muslim petitioners in the Ram Janmabhoomi case have supported Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s out of court settlement efforts. Mohammad Umar and Haji Mehboob, the main petitioners, along with Maulana Jalal Ashraf, Mohammad Azam and others have signed a letter.
They assert that an out of court settlement will be better for Hindu-Muslim relations while complimenting the spiritual leader. The letter accessed by OpIndia.com is attached below:
The letter states, “We are fully aware of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s efforts to amicably resolve the Ayodhya issue. We believe that an out of court settlement of the Ayodhya issue will bring long-term harmony and peace between Hindus & Muslims. We fully support and laud his noble efforts.”
OpIndia.com reported earlier that Sri Sri was negotiating an out of court settlement to the dispute. The AIMPLB has even expelled a member, Salman Nadwi, for holding discussions with the spiritual leader regarding the issue. Reportedly, Nadwi had offered to support the Mandir if Hindus give up claims to all other disputed Masjids.
It had caused an outrage with the Nirmohi Akhara, a petitioner for the Ram Temple at Ram Janmabhoomi, and BJP MP Subramanian Swamy rejecting any such offer. The Art of Living Foundation had come out and denied any such ‘deal’. Some had also raised questions regarding Sri Sri negotiating with Nadwi considering the latter had supported ISIS in the past.
The construction of the Ram Mandir at Ram Janmabhoomi in Ayodhya recently suffered another delay after the Supreme Court fixed the next date of hearing for January 2019. Earlier today, the Court rejected another plea for an early hearing. Under such circumstances, an out of court settlement or legislative intervention may be the only way for an early resolution.