With the Bombay High Court giving it six weeks to implement the order lifting ban on the entry of women into the inner sanctum of the shrine, the Haji Ali Trust has decided to go in for public consultation over the next few days.
The seven trustees of the Haji Ali Dargah met Monday evening and decided that they needed to create a consensus from within the community before they shored up their plan of action.
“It is a very sensitive issue and we have decided to get the opinion of religious figures as well as members of the community before we finalise our next course of action,” said Suhail Yacoob Khandwani, one of the trustees.
Over the next eight days, Khandwani said, the trust would meet Islamic theologians as well as sections of the community to get their opinion on the issue.
The Bombay High Court had Friday deemed the trust’s decision to ban the entry of women into the inner sanctum of the dargah as unconstitutional and asked it to remove the restrictions. The court, however, stayed its order for six weeks, allowing the trust the liberty to challenge the judgment in the Supreme Court.
The seven trustees, four of whom are lawyers, met on Monday to chart their future course of action. The trust has two options either to remove the barriers or approach the Supreme Court.
While the trust had cited verses from the Quran and Prophet Mohammed to claim that Islam does not permit women to enter dargahs/ mosques, the court had remarked that there was “nothing in any of the aforesaid verses which shows that Islam does not permit entry of women at all into a dargah/ mosque, and that their entry is sinful in Islam”.
“What cannot be ignored is the fact that women were permitted entry in the sanctum sanctorum till about 2011-2012,” the court said Friday.