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Muslim ulema gather support against Uniform Civil Code

Muslim ulema or religious leaders are doing all they can to gather support against the Common Civil Code proposed by the Union government. In a bid to counter the Law Commission‘s 16-point opinion poll on the subject, they are conducting a signature campaign of their own.

A seminar named ‘Tahaffuz e’ Shariat’ was organised at Andheri Kabrastan Masjid at Four Bungalows on Sunday where 150 signatures were collected. Nearly 700 letters have been distributed from this mosque, and similar activity is unfolding at other masjids.

This letter states that the signatory is satisfied with the Muslim Personal Law in its present form and does not feel the need for change or for government regulation. “We are fully satisfied with the commands of Islamic laws, especially on orders related to nikah, talaq, khula, faskh (dissolution of marriage) and wirasat (inheritance). We are fully satisfied with and strongly deny the possibility of any type of change in them,” it reads.

It goes on to qualify its demand for status quo saying, “The Constitution of India has provided complete freedom for followers of all faiths to practise their religion. We therefore do not accept Common Civil Code in any format. We are with All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) to save and protect Shariat laws.”

Signatories must write their name and address on the forms that will be despatched to the Law Commission in New Delhi as well as the AIMPLB headquarters. Earlier a column was included for the Aadhar card number as well but was deleted for fear of retribution.

 Maulana Mohammad Shahid Nadwi of the Kabrastan Masjid said, “Sunday’s meeting was chaired by Maulana Wahad Athar of the Jamiat Ulema who addressed the need for introspection within the community as well. Maulana Shahid Moyeen of Markazul Ma’arif Jogeshwari explained the proper manner of giving divorce. Mufti Naseemuddin questioned the need to focus only on Article 44 of the Constitution which speaks of uniform civil code when Article 25 guarantees freedom of religion to us all. Criminal laws govern all citizens equally, but why should personal laws be changed?”

He claimed that a few women had endorsed the petition as well.

In a parallel move, several ulema are using a logo saying ‘We Reject Uniform Civil Code’ on their Facebook and WhatsApp profiles.

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