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Report on AIMPLB meeting

Mr. S.H.A. Rizvi’s report on the Lucknow Meeting of the Working Committee of the AIMPLB, (MG, 16-31 January, 2005) is not a very accurate account of the proceedings of the meeting which I attended as a member. Indeed it refers to some ideas which were never discussed or even placed before the meeting. I leave that to the Secretariat of the Board to correct.

I would like to mention that the draft Nikahnama was not endorsed unanimously and shall be placed for approval at the next meeting of the Board. I recorded my dissent on its format, on its affirmation of the validity of the Triple Talaq, its silence on regulation of polygamy and its non-indexation of deferred Mehr.

Secondly, the Board has never discussed the question of recognition of Darul Quza, under the Qazi Act or otherwise, as civil or criminal court. Indeed it has never raised the question of application of Islamic criminal law in the country. Shari’ Panchayats or Darul Quza can at best be linked with the Arbitration Act or the Legal Services Act or the Family Court Act through suitable amendments but even these pregnant ideas not yet been formally considered by the Board. True all these institutions depend on voluntary consent of the parties concerned.

Thirdly, some words have been put in my mouth regarding the special invitees. I do not recall any such conversation. Nor did I say that "Board is very adequately represented by all sects." This sentence does not even make sense. I have repeatedly raised the question of due representation of all sects and of all States in the Board. And called for transparency in the nomination/election of the members of the Board and of the Working Committee. However the Secretariat has always shied away from listing membership, sect-wise or state-wise. The Board should appreciate that no sect shall be satisfied by token presence any longer. Therefore, it is essential that the Board should drop inactive members and fill up all vacancies with representative scholars, religious and non-religious, from the under-represented sects.
Syed Shahabuddin

This letter is in response of Kaleem Kawaja’s letter in the Jan 15 issue. He very uncivilizedly criticised Ala Hazrat and his great grandson and all of the Sajjada Nashins of all over the world. He even doesn't know and not ever try to know the real spirit and essence of islam. He doesn't know that Islam has reached us by these great sufis and aulias and this is the chain on which all Sunni Muslim rely and believe in.

There may be some shortcomings but he cannot say that all indulge in it. People like him are influenced by the so-called Islamic authors such as Maudoodi and like him who don't hesitate by their writings even to question about the capabilities of beloved prophet (pbuh). Now they are saying that why Sunnis split from AIMPLB . This is the truth that this board has been hijacked by Wahabis as Shia are saying in the formation of their new board so it must be remembered before saying anything to any great personality think twice .
Umar Qadri, New Delhi

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