Superstar Salman Khan’s father and ace filmmaker Salim Khan weighed in on the Supreme Court's verdict on the Ayodhya dispute. Citing lack of education amongst Muslims in India, he proposed the building of schools on the five-acre land in Ayodhya. He said more educational institutions need to be made instead of mosques around India. Adding further, Salim shared that the two virtues of Islam as described by the Prophet (PBUH) are love and forgiveness. "So now after 'The-End' of this story (Ayodhya dispute), Muslims should adhere to these two virtues and march forward. Mohabbat zahir kariye aur maaf kariye (show love and forgive). Do not rewind, recap such issues now ... just move ahead from here," Salim said in an interview to IANS.
At the same time, the renowned story writer feels Indian society has matured. "The manner in which peace and harmony is being maintained, after the announcement of such a sensitive verdict, is commendable. Let's accept … a very old dispute has been settled. From core of my heart, I welcome the decision," Salim added.
"Muslims should not discuss this (Ayodhya dispute). Instead, they should discuss their basic problems and try to find out solutions. The reason why I am saying that is we need schools and hospitals. Why I am suggesting that is it would be better if we build a college at the alternative five-acre land, to be provided in Ayodhya for building a mosque,” he mentioned. “Humein masjid ki zaroorat nahi. Namaz to hum kahin bhi padh lenge...train me, plane me, zameen par, kahin bhi padh lenge (We can offer namaz anywhere, in a train, plane or on the floor). But we need better schools. Talim achhi milegi 22 crore musalmano ko, toh is desh kee bahut si kamiyan khatam ho jayengi (If 22 crore Muslims get good education, then many problems of this country would.”