The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) is likely to constitute a Majlis-e-Amal (Action Group) which will interact directly with people and garner their support on various issues such as “ghar wapsi”, proposed amendment in Shariah, and protection of religious places.
The 51-member working committee of the board, which is meeting in Lucknow on Sunday, will take a decision over setting up the action group.
The Board feels that its activities, which usually remained confined to meetings and passing resolution, should be extended to people and even other minority groups. Issues such as “ghar wapsi” should be tackled with the help of Muslims and other minority religious groups and AIMPLB should directly interact with people.
“There has been extensive programme of ghar wapasi. Even the fundamental right to practice our religion is under threat. We need to contact people directly and develop consensus,” AIMPLB working committee member Kamal Farooqui said. “We also feel that there should be joint action by collaborating with other minority religious groups. They are also facing the threat,” he added.
“Constituting a Majlis-e-Amal in the changed environment of the country is need of the hour. We cannot sit and relax but have to take the issues to the people. There is a need to publicise the things,” Farooqui told The Sunday Express. He also said that setting up Majlis-e-Amal is as per the constitution of AIMPLB. “There is provision in our constitution that whenever Board feels for creating awareness over some issue, a Majlis-e-Amal can be formed,” he added.
The need for forming such action group was discussed in the recent general body meeting of the AIMPLB in Jaipur. “A four member committee was formed to look into the issues. The committee was to explore the constitution of Majlis-e-Amal. We have recommended that there is urgent need and it is likely to be passed in Sunday’s meeting,” Farooqui said.