Maulana Salman Nadvi quits All India Muslim Personal Law Board amid controversy

Hyderabad: On the final day of three-day long All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) General Council meeting, the apex body of Indian Muslims showed the door to an executive member and renowned Muslim cleric Maulana Syed Salman Hussaini Nadvi.

According to sources, Salman Nadvi requested to relieve him from the post of executive council member of the first day of meeting on Friday.

AIMPLB today unanimously accepted Nadvi’s decision to quit AIMPLB, the Board confirmed in a tweet that Nadvi is no longer a member.

AIMPLB has formed a four-member committee to take disciplinary action against Nadvi, who mooted the compromise formula in Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid case during a meeting with Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar in Bengaluru on Thursday.

The committee comprises AIMPLB President Rabey Hasani Nadvi, General Secretary Wali Rahmani and executive members Arshad Madani and Khalid Saifullah Rahmani.

In the interview with India TV, Nadvi said that he was not allowed to speak in AIMPLB working committee meeting held in Hyderabad. “Dictatorship going on in All India Muslim Personal Law Board, the board is being controlled by a few people”, he said.

During interview, Nadvi also asked the government to probe a speech by AIMPLB spokesperson Maulana Khalilur Rahman Sajjad Nomani in which he said “arms and weapons” have been distributed in every part and district of the country and claimed that “preparations are on for a Rohingya and Myanmar style massacre of Indian Muslims”.

In his speech, Nomani also claimed that he had visited many RSS training camps and can “swear that a conspiracy to kill Muslims has indeed been hatched”.

Board members are not ready to talk about his spokesperson’s RSS connection, Nadvi said in his interview.

While talking to reporters, Nadvi alleged that two executive members Kamal Farooqi and S.Q.R. Ilyas humiliated him.

Meanwhile, Salman Nadvi reiterated that he will continue his effort to resolve the Ram Mandir- Babri Masjid issue along with Sri Sri Ravishankar and visit Ayodhya in March.

After the meeting yesterday, a rift was clearly now wide open in AIMPLB, as Salman Nadvi did not participate in the second day of the meeting on Saturday.

Reiterating his stand on the Babri Masjid issue, Nadvi, a prominent scholar, yesterday said that he still believes that an out-of-court settlement is possible and it should happen.

“Today’s scenario demands other solutions. We must not fight or solve the issue with hatred. We should work towards unity,” Nadvi told India Today.