Published: Tue, September 12, 2017
Health | By Jay Jacobs

AIMPLB holds workshop to educate women on talaq

AIMPLB holds workshop to educate women on talaq

The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) on Monday announced a campaign to convey to the judiciary, top government functionaries and the law commission that Muslims believe in the Shariat and that their right to follow Muslim personal law, including the practice of talaq, must remain inviolate.

AIMPLB member Kamal Faruqui in his statement to the press said that the executive committee of AIMPLB, which met on Monday for the first time after the ban on triple talaq was announced, had agreed to respect the Supreme Court's view taken by a majority of three judges that declared triple talaq or Talaq-e-Bidda illegal and unconstitutional.

Based on the report of the committee, the board will decide the future course of action on whether to challenge the court verdict through a review petition or not, said another AIMPLB member Dr Asma Zehra.

The board considers the central government's stand as an attack on the personal law of Muslims and contrary to the protection guaranteed by the Constitution of India.

While "respecting the judgment" the working committee chose to constitute a committee to examine the judgment "to see the inconsistency, if any, with Shariat".

He added that the board's position, as per the Sharia applicable to the four Sunni schools of thought, has been that Talaq-e-Biddat (Triple Talaq/instant talaq) is sinful, but valid. "We make categorical statement that the community can not and shall not tolerate such attack on personal law of Muslim community". It had its basis in religious texts and belief.

On August 22, the government had virtually ruled out the need for a new law on triple talaq, the practice of which has been rendered as unconstitutional by the Supreme Court, indicating that existing laws, including the one dealing with domestic violence, were sufficient. It had even issued a model nikahnama about two decades ago to facilitate the understanding of the true matrimonial law, said the board. In doing so, the board also recorded its "commitment to carry forward large scale reforms".

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