The contentious issue of triple talaq was the main point of deliberation on Saturday, the first day of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board’s (AIMPLB) two-day meeting, at the Lucknow campus of Islamic seminary Darul Uloom Nadwatul Ulama. The meeting comes three days after Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath announced that his government was going to present its view on the triple talaq in Supreme Court after consulting women affected by the practice.
The evening meeting was chaired by AIMPLB president Maulana Rabey Hasani Nadvi and attended by vice-president Shia cleric Maulana Kalbe Sadiq and general secretary Maulana Wali Rahmani among others. Board member Kamal Faruqui said several matters — including triple talaq and Babri Masjid — are slated for discussion by the executive committee of the Board and the outcome will be announced on Sunday.
The AIMPLB has been opposing changes to the Muslim personal law by the court or government. At its three-day convention in Kolkata in November, it had passed a resolution in support of triple talaq. At the same time, it announced the formation of a dedicated women’s wing of the Board to look into problems faced by Muslim women. While most political parties have advocated non-interference in Muslim personal law, BJP declared its support for Muslim women who want the practice to be abolished.
After the formation of BJP government, a few Muslim women had come up with the demand that the Yogi Adityanath government should act on its poll promise. A group of these women had met the state’s Women and Child Welfare Minister Rita Bahuguna Joshi a few days ago. On Tuesday, Adityanath had said that the state government will present its “stand formed on the basis of Muslim women’s opinion” to the Supreme Court, which is hearing petitions related to triple talaq.
Earlier in the day, the Shia community had appealed to the AIMPLB to “keep in mind the Quran, Shariyat and humanity before arriving at any decision”.