Intervention in Shariah is not acceptable at any cost
The Right to Education Act (RTE) is an alarm call for the existence of madrasas and private schools. Similarly, the Direct Taxes Code is a bid by the government to impose tax on masjids, temples, churches and gurdawaras, and charitable trusts or organizations which are working for any religious or particular community.
These were the theme of all the speeches at a programme held on 15 April in Markazul Ma’arif Education and research Center (MMERC), Mumbai.
In the first session, two detailed speeches were delivered. Maulana Shahid Moyeen Qasmi gave a speech on “Suicide: A futile attempt and its remedies” in the light of Quran and ahadith and Maulana Mudassir Ahmad Qasmi spoke out on “Proposed divorce bill in Maharashtra and Muslim” in detail. Maulana said, “If this bill is passed, adherents of every religion will get affected and Indian culture and eastern civilization will be immobilized. As far as Muslims are concerned, it is totally unacceptable for them as it is against Qur’an and Sunnah.
The second session aimed at strengthening ‘Protect Constitutional Rights Movement’ initiated by All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), in addition to make the 22nd general session of the Board at Azad Maidan on April 22, a success. The key participants comprised leading ulama and intellectuals of the city such as Mufti Azizur Rahman Fatehpuri, Maulana Mahmood Daryabadi, Maulana Syed Athar Ali, Prof. Ibrahim Khalil Abdi, Maulana Burhanuddin Qasmi and Maulana Abdul Bar Al-Asari.
They said: “It is our constitutional right to live in the country with full freedom of religion, and the Acts like RTE is just a conspiracy to shut down our madrasas. The new Waqf Bill is an inauspicious effort to grab our Waqf property. And to deprive women of inheritance in farm lands and to give half property to divorced women is against Islamic laws and Direct Taxes Code is illogical and anti-religion.”
The Muslim leaders were unequivocal that these all bills are totally unacceptable and any sort of bill which affects the fundamental rights of freedom of religion would be rejected by all means. Towards the end, they appealed to the audience to reach Azad Maidan in large numbers to show their combined might of the community that might make the government sit up and take notice.
Mufti Azizur Rahman Fatehpuri presided over the programme and Maulana Atiqur Rahman Qasmi convened it. Popular ulama and Muslim leaders such as Qari Muhammad Ayyub, Maulana Abdul Quddus Shakir Hakimi, Maulana Yaqub, Mr. Jafar Khan, Mr. Abdullah, Mr. Masroor Ahmad (Chotu Bhai), Mr, Ghiyasuddin, Mr. Abdul Gafoor Khan and Mr. Iqbal Chonawala were also present among the audience.
As a concluding note, Maulana Burhanuddin Qasmi, Director MMERC, Mumbai thanked all the leaders and the audience and assured them that we will do our level best to take the people of Jogeshwari to Azad Maidan on 22nd April.
- Asian Tribune -