Start triple talaq reform: PM Modi

Muslim delegation said PM Modi was concerned about ‘hatred in name of cow protection’

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: May 10, 2017 8:57 am
Narendra Modi, Triple Talaq, modi triple talaq, India news, Indian Express PM Modi with the Muslim delegation on Tuesday. (Source: PTI Photo)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday told a group of 25 Muslim leaders that triple talaq should not be politicised and urged the minority community delegation to take the responsibility for initiating reform in this regard. The Muslim leaders who met the PM, under the umbrella of the Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind, were led by its president Maulana Qari Mohammad Usman Masnurpuri. The PM said democracy’s greatest strengths are “harmony and amity”. After the meeting, the PMO and the Muslim leaders released separate statements.

Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind general secretary Maulana Mahmood Madani said: “The PM was apprehensive about growing hatred in the name of cow protection and he assured us that he would not let this trend prosper.” The delegation said in its statement that “manslaughter on the pretext of cow slaughter have sent shock waves of terror and fear through Muslims, Dalit and the weakest sections of society” and they were “afraid that the fear and despondency, if unchecked, could prove highly counter-productive”.

“No one is above the law. It must be administered with total impartiality and equality. Your recent reprimand to private groups taking law into their hands and launching murderous attacks for cows has sent a correct message but much has to be done by law enforcing agencies and the state administration,” the delegation’s statement said.

The PM emphasised the government does not have any right to discriminate among citizens. Modi said the new generation must not be allowed to fall victim to the rising tide of extremism.

“On triple talaq, the PM reiterated that the Muslim community should not allow the issue to be politicised and urged the assembled gathering to take the responsibility for initiating reform in this regard. The delegation members appreciated the Prime Minister’s stand on the issue,” the PMO statement said.

Madani said separately: “The PM appreciated our stand that divorce was an internal issue of the Muslim community and the community itself should take reformative steps.”

The delegation also met National Security Advisor Ajit Doval.

The PMO said the delegation praised Modi’s vision. “The delegation expressed a common resolve to combat terrorism with all their might. They added that it is the Muslim community’s responsibility that under no circumstances should anyone compromise the nation’s security or well-being.”

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  1. R
    May 10, 2017 at 3:30 pm
    Bible says : Mark 10:2-12 2 Some Pharisees came and tested him by asking, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?” 3“What did Moses command you?” he replied. 4 They said, “Moses permitted a man to write a certificate of divorce and send her away.” 5“It was because your hearts were hard that Moses wrote you this law,” Jesus replied. 6“But at the beginning of creation God ‘made them male and female.’a 7‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife,b 8and the two will become one flesh.’cSo they are no longer two, but one flesh. 9Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.” 10 When they were in the house again, the disciples asked Jesus about this. 11 He answered, “Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery against her. 12And if she divorces her husband and marries another man, she commits adultery.” After a husband or wife dies, the Bible permits remarriage to another, (Romans 7:1-3,)
    1. Urmila Duhan
      May 10, 2017 at 10:36 am
      The muslim delegation on the issue of cow protection says : "No one is above the law. It must be administered with total impartiality and equality. But on the issue of muslim women's rights, it states: "our stand that divorce was an internal issue of the Muslim community and the community itself should take reformative steps.” what about the law of the country in regards to women's rights to impartiality and equality?
      1. S
        May 10, 2017 at 10:59 am
        Urmilaji, there is a separate long chapter in Holy Quran which deals with womens' rights called SURAH ANNISA translated CHAPTER WOMEN. Kindly read the English translation in google (see link below) and then you can comment. : quranhub /test/test/portal.php?lang EN
        1. J
          May 10, 2017 at 11:23 am
          FO mankind, fear your Lord, who created you from one soul and created from it its mate and dis d from both of them many men and women. And fear Allah, through whom you ask one another, and the wombs. Indeed Allah is ever, over you, an Observer.(1)And give to the orphans their properties and do not subs ute the defective [of your own] for the good [of theirs]. And do not consume their properties into your own. Indeed, that is ever a great sin.(2)And if you fear that you will not deal justly with the orphan girls, then marry those that please you of [other] women, two or three or four. But if you fear that you will not be just, then [marry only] one or those your right hand possesses. That is more suitable that you may not incline [to injustice].(3)And give the women [upon marriage] their [bridal] gifts graciously. But if they give up wil ly to you anything of it, then take it in satisfaction and ease.(4)And do not give the weak-minded your property, which Allah has made a means
          1. J
            May 10, 2017 at 11:26 am
            of sustenance for you, but provide for them with it and clothe them and speak to them words of appropriate kindness.(5)And test the orphans [in their abilities] until they reach marriageable age. Then if you perceive in them sound judgement, release their property to them. And do not consume it excessively and quickly, [anti ting] that they will grow up. And whoever, [when acting as guardian], is self-sufficient should refrain [from taking a fee]; and whoever is poor - let him take according to what is acceptable. Then when you release their property to them, bring witnesses upon them. And sufficient is Allah as Accountant.