Sacked by AIMPLB, cleric cries before students
LUCKNOW: Salman Nadwi, the cleric who was sacked by All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) for seeking out-of-court settlement of the Ayodhya dispute, recently broke down in front of his students at Darul Uloom Nadwatul Ulama, the prominent seminary where he is the dean of faculty.
In a video clip that was uploaded on social media, the cleric can be seen talking to his students in a class when he starts sobbing and calling out to the almighty.
"Main Allah se mohabbat ki baat kar raha. Main Allah ki baat kar raha hun (I am talking about loving Allah. I am just talking about Allah)," he said while choking up.
Raising his hand to the forehead, he said, "Main deen ki hifazat chahta hoon. Jo log mujh pe zyaddti kar rahe hain, Khuda unse niptega (I am talking about saving the religion. God will deal with those who are oppressing me)."
A close associate of the cleric said that the video was from a class being conducted by Nadwi on Hadith on Monday around noon.
Nadwi was sacked by AIMPLB on Sunday, two days after he went ahead to meet Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar in Bengaluru on Friday.
This was however not Nadwi's first meeting with Sri Sri to talk over a possible out-of-court settlement in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Ayodhya dispute.
On Saturday, when Nadwi presented his proposals for settlement suggesting construction of Ram temple on disputed site and that of a mosque elsewhere, during the annual general body meeting of the board, AIMPLB reacted strongly and formed a committee to look into Nadwi's statements.
A day later, as Nadwi said he resigned from the organisation, the board too accepted his resignation over tensions on the matter and disassociated from him.