Muslim leaders from Mumbai on Saturday accepted the Supreme Court verdict on the sensitive Ayodhya land dispute case and appealed to their community members to maintain peace and harmony.

In an unanimous verdict, the Supreme Court on Saturday paved the way for the construction of a Ram Temple at the disputed site at Ayodhya, and directed the Centre to allot an alternative 5 -acre plot to the Sunni Waqf Board for building a new mosque at a “prominent” place in the holy town in Uttar Pradesh.

“We are happy that the court hearing is finally over. We have been saying that we will accept whatever the verdict is. We accept the final order of the supreme court. We are also happy that the SC rejected the appeal of the Shia Wakf Board and Nirmohi Akhada. We accept that a five-acre land is given to the Sunni Central Wakf board to build the Masjid,” said Maulana Mehboob Daryadi, General Secretary of All India Ulema Council (AIUC).

Shabbir Somji, senior member of the Khoja-Shia Jamat, said they accepted the judgement in the interest of the country.

“The judgement should be acceptable to all communities. We would honour the SC verdict as it is in the interest of the country,” he said.

All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) member Maulana Sayyed Atharali said, “We all should maintain law and order in the country and ensure that peace prevails. We all should accept the SC order.”

Responding to a query, he said the option to file a review petition is open for them. “We will think over it,” he added.

“It is a matter of pride that Indians have accepted the final order of the apex court. The SC has delivered a balanced verdict. This ruling is not in favour of any particular religion. The verdict has sent a message that India is above caste and creed,” said Suhail Khandwani, Managing Trustee Mahim Dargah and Trustee of Haji Ali Dargah.

Religious scholar Hazrat Moin Miyan said though the option of filing a review petition is open, they are accepting the verdict for the betterment of the society.

We respect, accept verdict, says spiritual head of Ajmer Dargah

The spiritual head of Ajmer Dargah on Saturday welcomed the decision of Supreme Court on Ayodhya case and appealed to people to maintain peace and harmony.

“The judiciary is supreme and everyone should respect the decision. It is the time to present a united face before the world because entire world is looking at India today,” Dargah Deewan Zainul Abedin Ali Khan said.

“We respect and accept the verdict. I appeal to the people of the country to maintain harmony and peace. This is the victory of the judiciary and the message should be loud and clear that how much the judiciary is important for us and people of the country are peace loving, he said.

He said that respecting and honouring the laws of the land is the basic Islamic teaching.

“We now need to concentrate on the development of self and the nation, he said