Panel Of Ulema, Legal Experts To Examine Divorce Law

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SRINAGAR – Voicing their reservations on the recent High Court judgment on divorce, an all parties meet organized by the Jami’at-e-Ahli Hadees here today decided to constitute a penal of ulema, muftis, judges and legal experts to go into the issue in light of Qur’an and Ahadees.

Quoting sources, KNS said the Jami’at held a seminar titled “Is intervention tolerable against the teachings of Qur’an and Ahadees” on Sunday in which renowned religious, social and legal experts and representing various schools of thought presented their views in the backdrop of recent High Court judgment on divorce.

Terming the judgment as “interference in religious matters,” several speakers at the seminar expressed their reservations over it saying it could have “serious consequences.”

Former president of Bar Association, Main Abdul Qayoom, suggested establishment of a joint board for taking such decisions and to observe them. He said that local committees should be set up to enforce religious decisions through social influence.

On Mian Qayoom’s suggestion, it was unanimously decided to constitute a joint board with local committees at mohalla and village levels for the purpose.

It was also decided to constitute a team of ulma, muftis, judges and legal experts to examine the recent judgment on divorce in the light of Qur’an and Ahadees and to report accordingly.

The Bar president, Zafar Qureshi, said, “The judgment is contrary to the teachings of Qur’an. The Supreme Court itself has never given its verdict on the sensitive issue as to circumstances under which man can divorce his wife. It is unfortunate that the High Court has expressed its opinion on it,” Qureshi said, suggesting that the ulema should take note of the judgment.

The political head of Jama’at-e-Islami, Ghulam Qadir Lone, said that Muslims needed to unite at the ground level and ulema should make the people aware of the teachings of Islam. He said that it was time to act and the proposed joint board would indeed be a good step.

Jami’at president, Abdur Rahman Bhat, said that all decisions involving personal life of Muslims should be based on Islam. “Court has no authority to decide these cases contrary to the provisions of Qur’an and Ahadees,” he said, adding that in that case the consequences could be visualized.

Speaking at the seminar, senior advocate, Arshad Andrabi, alleged such judgments would open the floodgate for interference in religious affairs with disastrous fallout. “The basic issue is that of the dispensation. Unless it is changed, such judgments would continue to be pronounced,” he said.

Those who participated in the seminar included Jami’at chief, Maulana Ghulam Rasool Malik; Ittehadul Muslimeen patron, Maulana Muhammad Abbas Ansari; Jama’at-e-Islami spokesman, Advocate Zahid Ali; Mufti Azam JAH, Maulana Mufti Muhammad Yaqub; Muttahida Majlis-e-Ulema representative, Maulana Shamsur Rahman; Darul Uloom Raheemia representative, Maulana Sajjad Husain al-Mazahiri; Anjuman-e-Himayat Islam, Maulana Shawkat Husain Keng; and several lawyers and scholars. (KNS)

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