By Timesheadline Writer
Indian Islamic Scholar and writer, Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, said that the ongoing debate on the triple-talaq and Uniform Civil Code in India should be slammed as an “unnecessary polemic”. “One wonders as to how the Uniform Civil Code or the abolishment of the triple talaq would help in the country’s development. If the government intends to provide equal rights to Muslims, it should not refrain from removing the religious stipulation from the Section 341 in the Constitution”, he wrote in Eurasia Review Journal (ISSN 2330-717X), an academic Journal of News Analysis run by a Think Tank with a vision to promote greater understanding of cultural differences is the path towards a safer, more secure and just world.
He noted that Indian Muslims’ condition is worse than that of the Dalits and other backward sections of the Indian society, as the Sachchar Committee has also revealed. Therefore, the apex bodies of Sunni Sufi Muslims in India have recommended the government to ameliorate the social, educational, economic and political condition of Muslims rather than indulge in the unnecessary issues and debates. Dehlvi is known as an independent writer and columnist, well-versed in Islamic Studies and Comparative Religion. He is presently a researcher in Media, Culture & Communication Studies, and a frequent Commentator on Muslim Affairs in national and international Media.
Recently, Maulana Syed Mohammad Ashraf Kichchawchchvi of the All India Ulama and Mashaikh Board said that the debate is pointless because the Uniform Civil Code is already enacted in the country. All the criminal and civil laws are equal and uniform for all the religious communities. Only the laws of marriage, divorce and inherence are practices as per the personal laws, though the Special Marriage Act is also there. Hence, he wondered whether how government’s unsolicited interference in the laws of nikah and talaq would help in the development of the nation on the constructive lines. “Similar personal laws are practiced by people of other faith traditions in India. Apparently, the government’s intent behind raising the issue of triple talaq is dubious”, he said.
However, Kichchawchchvi also said that Muslims should did not reject the law commission’s questionnaire, but rather, answer each and every question. He also questioned the Salafi sect lashing out at the law commission’s questionnaire on triple talaq, as the Salafi or Ahle-Hadisi school of thought has nothing to do with any of the four Islamic schools of law (fiqh) pertaining to the issue. “The Law Commission has done nothing wrong by asking the mainstream Indian Muslims’ opinion on this question. Common Muslims have to be educated and trained to democratically protect and practice their personal laws”, said the founder-president of the AIUMB. The AIUMB is also reported to have planned a national Islamic seminar on triple talaq which will gather the leading muftis and experts on Hanafi Islamic school of law. “We will come to the final result after considering all aspects of the matter and will uphold the Ulama and Mashaikh’s position on the issue”, said Syed Muhammad Ashraf Kichchawchchvi.