New Delhi: Shahi Imam of Delhi Jama Masjid
Syed Ahmed Bukhari on Friday expressed dissatisfaction over the
Allahabad High Court verdict on the Ayodhya title dispute but
appealed to Muslims to maintain peace.
Bukhari, addressing a gathering during Friday prayers at
the Jama Masjid, said a decision on such a crucial issue
cannot be taken in a "closed room".
"We are unhappy with the court verdict. The decision
should be made by the Muslim public in the open. We do not
accept the decision made in a closed room", Bukhari said.
He said the verdict turned out to be a "settlement" and
"partition" suit rather than a title suit.
Bukhari urged the community members to maintain peace and
not take any step to spoil the peaceful atmosphere.
Without naming any particular political party he said,
people of the community should be wary of those who attempted
to politicise the issue.
Announcing the highly-anticipated verdict, the High Court
ruled that the 2.77 acre disputed land be divided into three
parts among Hindus and Muslims and held that the place where
the makeshift temple of Lord Rama currently exists belongs to