New Delhi, Sep 27 (IENews) India’s Supreme Court on Thursday refused to refer the question whether a “mosque as a place of prayer is an essential part of Islam” in the Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid case to a larger bench.
A three-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra and comprising Justices Ashok Bhushan and S Abdul Nazeer, passed the verdict in a jam-packed courtroom.
Justice Misra and Justice Bhushan delivered the majority judgment, while Justice Nazeer dissented.
Justice Nazeer opined that the issue of whether mosques are an integral part of Islam needs to be considered by a larger Constitution bench.
The case relates to observation made in a 1994 judgment of the SC in the Ismail Faruqui case that “a mosque is not an essential part of the practice of the religion of Islam and ‘namaz’ (prayer) by Muslims can be offered anywhere, even in open”.
The Muslim appellants had asked the apex court that the question of offering prayers inside a mosque should be given to a five-judge Bench.
They had also asked that the question should be answered before the apex court decides main title suit.
The court said it would start the main hearing on Ayodhya matter from October 29, 2018 to decide the suit on merit.