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.