AIMPLB rejects AIMTC ruling excommunicating Zahira
Lucknow: The All-India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) rejected the verdict of Majlis-e-Shura of All India Muslim Tehwar Committee (AIMTC) on December 26, excommunicating Zahira Sheikh, the key witness in the Best Bakery massacre case. Dr Abdul Rahim Qureshi, AIMPLB assistant general secretary told the media here that no one had the right to throw any one out of Islam and that as long as a person professes faith in Islam no one can excommunicate him from the community.
Dr Qureshi added that it was not the board’s jurisdiction to discuss the behaviour of Zahira Sheikh and that AIMTC had not obtained approval of the board to ex-communicate Zahira. The AIMTC comprising the Ulema and a representatives of over 100 Muslim organisations had taken the decision of excommunicating her at an emergency meeting in Bhopal on December 24. The clerics held Zahira guilty of lying and excommunicated her from the community. The meeting was attended by as many as 250 religious scholars. Prominent among those who attended the meeting included Maulana Abdul Sattar Qasmi of Ulema Council, Maulana Abdul Ahmad Nomani of Jamiat Farogh-e-Islam, Maulana Nuruddin Qadri of Ahle-Sunnat Jamaat, Maulana Manzar Arifi Al Husaini of Jamate-e-Asana Ashri and other scholars belonging to various Islamic sects. The representatives of National Secularism Front, Muslim League, United Muslim Tanzeem, Anjuman-e-Momineen, Anjuman-e-Soofia and Jamat Ahle-Quraish attended the meeting.
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