Amid raging debate over verbal triple talaq, a top Muslim cleric on Saturday attributed the increasing confusion over Sharia laws, especially those related to women, to the lack of adequate information and implementation of these laws.
All India Muslim Personal Law Board member Maulana Khalid Rasheed Farangi Mahali said majority of the women were satisfied with Sharia and there was no need to amend these laws.
Islami Sharia was not meant to change with time and situation, he said.
Mahali said problems were cropping up as Muslims were not following the laws properly.
“Any change in Sharia will not be tolerated. It is the responsibility of female members of the Board to take Islami Sharia to women,” he said.
The AIMPLB member said the issue of triple talaq was being raked up because of lack of information among Muslim women about rights given to them in Islam.
“No other religion provides so much rights to women like Islam. On certain issues, women have more rights than men and 99 per cent Muslim women were happy with the law,” he said.
“Sharia does not do injustice to anyone. In Islam marriage is an agreement, which is solemnised with the will of both the parties,” Mahali said.
Regarding triple talaq, the cleric said that giving triple talaq at one go was wrong and they condemn it.
After recent court orders a fresh debate has started on women’s right in Sharia.
His statement assumes significance as All India Muslim Women Personal Law Board had said earlier said that Sharia law would not work in India and it could only be followed in Islamic countries.
Held under the aegis of AIMPLB, a conference was organised in Lucknow on Saturday to address issues related to women’s rights in the light of Muslim Personal Law.
A woman member Asma Zehra from Hyderabad said Muslim Personal Law is formulated in the light of Quran and Hadith (sayings and deeds of the Prophet).
She said that Islam was first to give equal and in some cases more rights to woman than men, example being the consent to accept in nikah which is first given by the girl/bride.
Similarly, just as a man can annul the marriage by saying Talaq, the woman also has the same right to exercise it through ‘Khulaa’ or Faskh e Nikah (right of a woman to seek a divorce from her husband).
Citing verses from Quran, she said it was not legal or justified for a husband and wife to live together after a man has said talaq thrice.
Zehra said India is a secular, democratic country and all citizens have the right to religious freedom.
Media was highlighting the issue of triple talaq to show that huge number of Muslim women were suffering because of this provision but the ground reality is that the divorce rate is least in the Muslim community, she said.
She said “letter head organisation” have presented false concocted data in their survey reports. “We strongly condemn such surveys. Muslim Personal Law is a Divine Law. There is no scope for any change or amendment.”
The Muslim Personal Law is attacked for being gender biased and anti woman which is totally false and untrue, she said.