May 9, 2017
(Statement issued at the Press Conference held in Mumbai on May 9, 2017)
Renowned Maulana endorses IMSD’s campaign for ban on triple talaq and halala
IMSD fully supports the petitions in the Supreme Court of individual Muslim women victims of triple talaq which have been backed by three Muslim women’s organisations. IMSD welcomes the fact that these petitions are now to be heard by a Constitutional Bench (11th-19th May 2017) and is hopeful of a verdict in favour of Muslim women. We hope that the apex court will also examine and include in its verdict the constitutionality of the “privilege” of unilateral divorce enjoyed by Indian men under Muslim Personal Law.
We applaud renowned Maulana Syed Shahabuddin Salafi Firdausi, Chairman, Athar Blood Bank, Sholapur (Maharashtra), for his whole-hearted endorsement of IMSD’s ongoing campaign against triple talaq and halala. In a short statement handed over to IMSD, the Maulana has said: “Instant divorce by uttering ‘talaq, talaq, talaq’ is a mockery of Islam and an act of cruelty against the daughters of Islam. Halala is like dacoity on the dignity of Muslim women and a brutal assault on their honour and self-esteem”. (Original statement in Urdu attached).
In a detailed conversation with IMSD in Mumbai, Maulana Shahabuddin claimed that there were hundreds of ulema in the country who share his views and he hoped they will make their views public in the coming days.
In the past week, two top functionaries of an all India organization of ulema with a large following have also communicated to IMSD’s Convener that they will welcome a verdict from the Supreme Court declaring triple talaq and halala practices to be both unconstitutional and un-Quranic.
IMSD appeals to the ulema to heed the voice of their conscience and speak up publicly for truth and for justice, as the Quran obliges all Muslims to do. "O you who believe! Stand out firmly for justice, as witnesses to Allah, even as against yourselves, or your parents, or your kin, and whether it be (against) rich or poor: for Allah can best protect both. Follow not the lusts (of your hearts), lest you swerve, and if you distort justice or decline to do justice, verily Allah is well-acquainted with all that you do." [Sûrah al-Nisâ’: 135]
Statement of Maulana Shahabuddin.
IMSD believes that triple talaq (instant divorce), halala and polygamy as currently practiced amongst Muslims must be declared unconstitutional. We support the plea of some of the petitioners in the apex court that these blatantly unilateral, inhuman and anti-women practices be also declared “un-Quranic”. Triple talaq not only violates the Constitutional Rights guaranteed to Muslim women, it is, in fact, anathema to the Islamic principles of justice, equality and compassion. Neither triple talaq, nor the shameful current day practice of halala finds any mention in the Quran.
The Delhi High Court has declared triple talaq to be illegal. Most Muslim majority countries too have put a statutory ban on it. However, in India a mischief continues to be played on Muslim women in the name of Islam by vested interests within the community. IMSD hopes to work towards bringing an end to this practice and secure equal rights to Muslim women.
IMSD also deplores the attempt of certain political parties to politicise and communalise what is clearly a straightforward issue of gender justice and fundamental rights guaranteed under our Constitution. We assert that those who engage in or rationalise the lynching of Muslim men, initiate or endorse government measures that at one stroke snatch away the livelihood of tens of thousands of Muslim families may posture as but can never be well-wishers of Muslim women.
We also appeal to the electronic media to refrain from turning the issue of gender justice into TV tamashas pitching Muslim women against moulvis especially chosen for their regressive views.
The press conference was addressed by the undersigned.
Javed Anand (Convener): 9870402556; [email protected]
Feroze Mithiborwala (Co-convener): 9029277751; [email protected]
Nasreen Contractor (Co-convener)
Qutub Kidwai (Member, IMSD National Executive Committee)
Khatoon Shaikh (Member, Member, IMSD National Council)