Make cow Indian national animal, says Jamiat chief Maulana Arshad Madani

Referring to the issue of triple talaq, he said it was a religious matter and could have only a religious solution.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: May 10, 2017 5:12 pm
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The government should accord national animal status to the cow, Jamiat Ulema-i-Hind president Maulana Syed Arshad Madani said on Wednesday while expressing concern at the “atmosphere of fear” following violence by ‘gau rakshaks’. “The government should give national animal status to the cow and we will support it,” Madani, who heads the influential body that represents a large number of Islamic scholars in the country, said at a press conference.

An “atmosphere of fear” prevails in the country due to incidents of violence, that included even murder, by cow vigilantes, he said. “These young gau rakshaks are exploiting religion to loot and murder people and taking law into their own hands. We respect the religious sentiments of our Hindu brethren but no one can be allowed to take law and order into their own hands,” he said.

Referring to the issue of triple talaq that is likely to come up in the Supreme Court tomorrow, he said it was a religious matter and could have only a religious solution. “If the Supreme Court comes out with such an acceptable solution, we will welcome it,” Madani said. The apex court, he added, should ask the ulemas, or Islamic scholars, to discuss its objections and come out with solutions before direct intervention in the matter.

“… the court should give a chance to the ulemas to discuss and sort out its objections over triple talaq. Then they (Supreme Court) may consider those solutions and give judgement. Such a judgement based on religious interpretation will be acceptable to us,” he said. The matter was being “blown out of proportion” by the media and now even the Supreme Court was inclined to intervene in it, Madani said.

“The way triple talaq is being talked about these days, it appears as though there are divorced women in every household and each Muslim man has four wives.” Islamic law gives 14 rights to a married woman who can seek talaq if she feels any of these rights are infringed by her husband.

The Jamiat president also referred to the Guwahati High Court order on citizenship in Assam. It had created a situation where 48 lakh married women in the state stood to lose their citizenship, he said. The Jamiat Ulema-i-Hind has challenged the High Court order on residency certificates in the Supreme Court, he added.

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    Nov 25, 2017 at 6:16 pm
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      Antony
      May 11, 2017 at 12:50 am
      Change the country's name also ! make it COWISTAN" so that it can be equal to PORKISTAN "
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        Proud Bhakt
        May 10, 2017 at 9:45 pm
        Cow should be declared as the "Mother of the Nation" , which will make Mahatma G.@.n.dhi (the Father of the Nation) a Bull , and he should be declared as such .
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          sk
          May 11, 2017 at 1:31 am
          If cow is made Mother of the Nation, then it will dislodge hi as the Father of the Nation and give the same le to the bull.
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          Proud Bhakt
          May 10, 2017 at 9:44 pm
          Cow should be declared as the "Mother of the Nation" , which will make Mahatma hi (the Father of the Nation) a Bull , and he should be declared as such .
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            arc
            May 10, 2017 at 6:44 pm
            IT will be good to see Smriti irani and UMa Bharti as national animal. Thai's the only way these bovine creatures will become national.
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            1. Nitin Deolekar
              May 10, 2017 at 7:33 pm
              You are Right Sir!! Pseudo?Secular??Nehru-Ambedkar gifted un-due facilities to Muslims in India? Who did not go to Pak and opted to remain in India. Mr.Ambedkar failed to do even common civil code?? He forced 1-wife act by Law for poor Hindu? forcing Hindu to go to courts even for simple mutual divorce; wasting Money as well as Prime Time in Life.. Due to Delay no child after 2nd marriage. So Hindu population is growing very slow compared to Muslims. However same Nehru-Ambedkar allowed 4-shadi Verbal Talak for Muslims !! so their population is growing 50 faster!! So their Poverty & Then few of them become ISIS Terrorists..fact are always bit bitter..
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