BAREILLY: Just a day after the Centre submitted an affidavit in the Supreme Court for abolishing the practice of triple talaq, clerics from Barelvi sect said the affidavit was against Islam.
Maulana Shahabbudin Razvi, National general secretary of All India Jamat Raza-e-Mustafa, said, “The Centre should have discussed with clerics before moving an affidavit in SC. The claims made in favour of women in the affidavit are wrong. Though it says that a few other countries have banned triple talaq, these countries are Muslim and not Islamic. The constitution of Islamic countries is entirely based on the Quran and Hadith and, at present, no country in the world is fully following them.”
“A delegation of renowned clerics of the Sunni Barelvi sect will soon meet PM Narendra Modi, Union home minister Rajnath Singh and minister of state (independent charge) for minority affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi to oppose the affidavit. We will give them a memorandum and inform them why triple talaq cannot be termed illegal,” he added.
Maulana Asjad Raza Qadri, Bareilly,’s city qazi, said, “We will soon present our side in the apex court with the help of All India Muslim Personal Law Board. Triple talaq is valid according to Islam.”
Mufti Mohammed Saleem Noori, spokesperson of Dargah Aala Hazrat — the seat of Sunni Barelvi sect which has influence over Muslims in many districts in the region — said, “A few people who are against Islam have incited a handful of women who are demanding that triple talaq should be termed illegal+ . However, these few women should not be regarded as the voice of the entire Muslim community.”
“During the 36th Urs-e-Noori to be observed from October 14 to 15, we will raise the issue and ask community members+ to tell the Centre that Indian Muslims believe in both the Constitution and their Muslim personal law. We will also appeal to the Muslim community that they should not get divorced for petty reasons,” he added.
Walking shoulder to with the Barelvi sect, the Deobandi sect has also posed its opposition to the ban on Triple Talaq.
Mufti Abu Zafar Nomani Al-Qasmi, Bareilly general secretary of Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind — a leading organization of the Deobandi sect — said, “We stand with all India Muslim Personal Law Board. The Centre has no right to interfere with Islamic law.”
“According to Islamic law, triple talaq is legal. Even if a few countries have banned it, we can’t do so considering the faith of the community in Islamic law,” said Mufti Mohd Mian Qasmi, who runs a Deobandi madrassa in Bareilly.