With September 24, the date set for the verdict on the Ayodhya title suit, drawing near, prominent Muslim organisations have issued a joint appeal to Muslims to maintain calm and peace.

“We appeal to them not to be misled by communal forces and allow disruptive forces to create communal strife and conflict,” said a statement signed, among others, by Syed Mohammad Rabe Hasani Nadvi, president, All-India Muslim Personal Law Board; Marghoobur Rahman, Rector, Darul Uloom Deoband; Qari Syed Mohammad Usman, president, Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind; Syed Shahabuddin, president, All-India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat; Abdullah Mughaisi, president, All-India Milli Council.

They have advised Muslims to express their “humble gratitude to the Almighty” if the verdict went in favour of the Babri Masjid, but without rejoicing or celebration.

“If the verdict is otherwise, they should not lose their cool, (they should) take it in their stride and not indulge in any protest or demonstration,” they said.

Appreciating the Centre's appeal to people to maintain peace, the signatories said: “We realise that this would not be the final judicial verdict as the doors of the Supreme Court are open to either party… We reiterate that the Muslim community will honour the final judicial verdict, whatever it be.”

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