AIMPLB announces To Do Away With Triple Talaq In 18 Months, Objects To Govt. Intervention

This is the personal issue of Muslims said that they would abolish this system within one and half years, and the intervention of the government is not necessary

Lakhanpur:  The debate on the contentious issue of triple talaq has taken many twists and turns with political parties dividing over the issue.  As a number of petitions are being filed in the apex court to abolish the system of triple talaq, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) finally responded positively about the issue.

The Board which was of the strong view that this is the personal issue of Muslims said that they would abolish this system within one and half years, and the intervention of the government is not necessary.  Interestingly the Law Board vice-president Dr Sayeed Sadiq announcement came after the AIMPLB claimed that Muslim community has a low rate divorce and very few women are supporting the abolition of triple talaq. However, all of a sudden the Board announce about doing away with it on Tuesday.

A workshop was held on April 9th under the auspices of Muslim Personal Law Board women’s wing chief organiser Asma Johra.  Speaking on this occasion, she said that very few women supported the abolition of triple talaq. “Nearly 3.5 crore Muslim women support Shariat and triple talaq,” she added.  In this context, the announcement of Sadiq became a point of discussion.

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Muslims leaders vow to defend Personal Law

Modi implementing RSS agenda: Shabbir Ali

Hyderabad: Muslim leaders representing various political, religious and social organizations have joined hands to oppose the proposed Uniform Civil Code in the country.

The meeting presided over by Siasat Urdu Daily Editor-in-Chief Zahed Ali Khan, was attended by Mohammed Ali Shabbir (Congress), TRS MLC Mohammed Fareeduddin, TDP General Secretary and MLC Ahmed Shareef, YSRCP MLA Chand Basha (Kadari – AP), Jharkhand MLA Abdul Mannan Mallik (Congress – Jharkhand), ex-MLA of Bidar Zulfeqar Hashmi  and others.

Religious leaders, including Moulana Ather Dehelvi, Jamat-e-Islami President Hamed Mohammed Khan, Mufti Abdul Mogni (Jamiatul Ulema), Moulana Syed Shah Mazher Hussaini, Mufti Mahboob Shareef (Kurnool Arabic College), Mufti Abrar (Anwar-ul-Huda), Moulana Arshad Qasmi (Tahafuz Khatam-e-Nabavvut), Moualana Basheer (Adilabad Muslim Federation), Aleem Khan Falaki (Socio Reforms Society), Mufti Manzoor Osmani addressed the meeting.

In his inaugural speech, Tahreek Muslim Shabban president Mohammed Mushtaq Mallik said the threat of Uniform Civil Code was real. He said except Muslims and Christians, all other communities, including Sikhs and Jains, are treated on par with Hindu communities. Therefore, the proposed UCC is primarily aimed at interfering with Muslim Personal Law. He said that prevailing conditions were more volatile than those which prevailed before the demolition of Babri Masjid in Ayodhya in 1992.

Mushtaq Mallik appealed to all Muslims to support the decision of All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) in boycotting the questionnaire of Law Commission on UCC. He informed that this consultative meeting was a prelude to “All India Tahafuz-e-Shariyat Conference” to be held on November 13 at Exhibition Grounds in Hyderabad.

Shabbir Ali alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was implementing the RSS agenda in the country. He said continuous efforts were being made to provoke Muslims in the name of ‘Ghar Wapsi’, ‘Love Jihad’, ‘Gau Raksha’ and now Uniform Civil Code. He said the BJP-led NDA Government started debate on UCC without any provocation while all communities were living happily with their own Personal Laws.

TRS MLC Fareeduddin said it would not be easier for the Centre to make any amendments to the Muslim Personal Law or impose Uniform Civil Code. He said the Constitution has guaranteed freedom of religion to all citizens and that the BJP would not be allowed to snatch away that right from the Muslims. Jharkhand MLA Mannan Mallik condemned the Prime Minister and said what Narendra Modi would know about ‘Talaq’ or ‘Triple Talaq’ as he had abandoned his wife.

In his presidential address, Zahed Ali Khan welcomed the decision of AIMPLB’s to boycott the Law Commission’s questionnaire. He said replying to the questionnaire would have led to more confusion. He stressed the need for unity among Muslims and said everyone should unitedly fight against the Sangh Parivar’s tirade against Muslim Personal Law. He said the Siasat Urdu Daily had so far distributed 50,000 leaflets in Hyderabad on AIMPLB’s signature campaign and it would distribute another 50,000 leaflets in all parts of Telangana State. Zahed Ali Khan said a national movement should be launched to stop the proposed Uniform Civil Code. Further, a massive campaign should be undertaken to enlighten Muslims on the importance of Shariyat and Muslim Personal Law.

A poster “Indian Muslims: Myth Vs Reality”, compiled by GHCC Minorities Chairman Shaik Abdullah Sohail, was released on the occasion. Based on the statistics of Census 2011, the poster gives a comparative analysis of divorce, polygamy and separation rates among various communities in India. It also contains statistics on divorce rate and polygamy among Muslims. The meeting lasted for about five hours and all the leaders unitedly resolved to support the “All India Tahafuz-e-Shariyat Conference” to be held on November 13 at Hyderabad’s Exhibition Grounds.

-NSS

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Divorce is better than killing: Muslim law board

New Delhi: The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), defending the validity of the triple talaq before the SC, said that if this practice is discontinued, then a man could burn or murder his wife alive to get rid of her. They also said that personal laws cannot be rewritten or challenged in the name of the social reforms as that would violate the Part III of the Constitution. Article 44 is only a directive and is not enforceable, the courts cannot interfere in the matter, they said on Friday according to the reports.

Triple talaq , under which a Muslim man can repeat the word ‘talaq’ three times to divorce his wife, which violate the women’s right to equality, as several women have told the SC.

The AIMPLB, is a non-governmental institution that oversees Muslim personal law. It said that the Muslim law gave husbands the power to divorce as they were emotionally more stable, have greater power of decision making.

The board was responding to the court’s decision to examine the gender bias in Muslim law to ensure that a woman’s right to equality was not violated anywhere. 

In the past, there were many instances where the matter about triple talaq has been raised before the court of law.  In December last, a bench headed by Chief Justice, commented on the matter of the triple talaq and stated, “If a victim of the triple talaq comes to the court and questions about the validity of the procedure, we can surely examine all the legality of triple talaq and find out whether it violated her fundamental rights or not”.

In India there are separate personal laws for each religion, governing marriage, succession, divorce, maintenance  and adoption.

Activists have long argued that Muslim personal law, which has remained mostly unchanged, is tilted against women. To end the confusion over personal laws, the court has been advocating a uniform civil code, a political hot potato. The AIMPLB said that the constitutional provision on uniform civil code was not enforceable.

On the practice of the polygamy, the board said, “Quran, Hadith and the consensus view allow Muslim men to have up to four wives.” It said Islam permits polygamy but did not encourage it.

These types of cases resulted in the Parliament passing a law which overrides SC verdict, giving a divorced Muslim woman a better maintenance than what she has got before under the personal laws.

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