26th Aug 2016 Times Headline.com
BAREILLY: As the Dargah Trust, Mumbai has lost the case wherein it demanded that women pilgrims were not to be allowed entry into the inner sanctum of the Haji Ali Dargah at par with men, Dargah Ala Hazrat, Bareilly has criticized this verdict.
Dargah Ala Hazrat holds the view that, the Holy Prophet Mohammed ﷺ had laid clear guidelines for Muslims that womenfolk graveyards or graves which should be followed no matter what.
Mufti Saleem Noori from the Dargah is of the view that the lawyer leading the case of the Dargah Trust should refer to the book by AlaHazrat Imam Ahmed Raza Khan Barelvi which entails on the presence of womenfolk in mazaars.
Maulana Ahsan Raza Khan, Head, Dargah Ala Hazrat said to Times Headline.com, “It is strictly prohibited by the Shariat Law, for women to go into Dargahs and graveyards. We thereby, make an appeal to our Muslim mothers and sisters not to go against the Shariat and also we appeal to Muslims lawyers to aid each other in strengthening the case in the Supreme Court.”
The Bombay High Court on Friday directed that women should be allowed entry into the inner sanctum of the Haji Ali Dargah at par with men. While pronouncing it’s judgment on Friday, the High Court also said that safety and security of women have to be taken care of by the state and the Dargah trust. A Bench of VM Kanade and Revati Mohite Dere said the ban on the entry of women was violative of articles 14 (Equality before law), 15 (which prohibits discrimination based on religious lines) 19 (ensures certain freedoms) and 21 ( protection of personal life and liberty).
The High Court pronounced the judgment after hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by several women activists urging the court to lift restrictions imposed on entry of women in the dargah by the Haji Ali Dargah Trust. The state government had in February said before the Bombay High Court that unless the Dargah Board is able to prove that ban is part of their religious practice with reference to Quran, women should be allowed to enter the inner sanctum.
“This is a great step towards justice for Muslim women,” Zakia Soman, a petitioner in the case told ANI. Trupti Desai, an activist who has led a similar movement in the Shani Shingnapur temple, welcomed the verdict and called it ‘historic.’