ALL INDIA MUSLIM
AIMMM Condemns Political Exploitation of Imrana Case by BJP
Criminal Case Must Take its Course under Law of Land
Personal Law Aspect should be Decided by Consensus among Various Schools of Muslim Law
Media should not Blow up Individual Incidents to Malign Islam
Muftis should not issue Fatwas on Live Questions on Request from Strangers and without Due Investigation
New Delhi, 2 July, 2005:
“The All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat (AIMMM) condemns
the political exploitation of the Imrana case by the BJP to promote its
long-cherished agenda of religious assimilation of the Muslim Community
through imposition of a common civil code in substitution of its
Shariat-based Personal Law.
The AIMMM considers this move totally illogical and misconceived because
no civil code can eliminate incestuous relationships from the Society and
points out the fact that many such cases in the Hindu community are
reported off and on, though it violates Hindu Code.
The AIMMM would like to clarify that the Imrana case has two aspects.
The criminal aspect, the alleged rape or molestation, must be dealt
with under the law of the land. Law must take its
course and the culprit, if found guilty, should be awarded the maximum
On the personal law aspect i.e. on the question whether the Nikah
between a Muslim woman and her husband stands dissolved after a rape by
her father-in-law, different schools of Islamic jurisprudence have
different opinions. In any case, a ‘fatwa’ is an
opinion and not a judicial verdict.
The All India Muslim Personal Law Board is expected to hold a meeting soon
to reach a consensus, keeping in view the circumstance of the case
and the demand of justice which is one of the basic principles of Islam.
The AIMMM requests the mass media not to blow up individual cases in
the interest of inter-faith understanding or read a stray fatwa as a final
ruling under the Shariat.
The AIMMM is not aware whether Imrana or her husband has even approached
the Dar-ul-Uloom or the local Dar-ul-Qaza.
It, therefore, appeals to the Muftis to refrain from issuing
‘Fatwas’ on live and sensitive situations unless approached by the
parties concerned and without investigating the circumstances.”
Sd/- Syed Shahabuddin
ALL INDIA MUSLIM
D-250, Abul Fazal Enclave, Jamia Nagar, New Delhi - 110 025 Phone: 2632
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