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Law regarding adoption is against Shariat: JIH

New Delhi: President of the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, Maulana Syed Jalaluddin Umri described the Union law ministry’s efforts to enact a law for giving women the right of adoption as an interference in the Islamic Shariat. Expressing his strong anger and sorrow, he urged the government that while enacting laws concerning family laws, religious beliefs of Muslims and Shariat commands should be kept in mind so that laws which are against Shariat should not unnecessarily create confusion and inconveniences to about one-fourth of the country’s population, i. e. Muslims. The Jamaat chief said in a statement on 14 July that Islamic Shariat’s family laws and principles are very clear and unambiguous. As far as adoption is concerned, Islamic Shariat does not give either man or woman the right of adoption and an adopted child has no legal rights like blood relations. He added that the All India Muslim Personal Law Board, which is the representative body of Indian Muslims, has repeatedly made clear right from its creation in 1972, that an adopted child (boy or girl) does not have any legal (Sharee) right like a person’s own child and that neither a man nor a woman has any right to adopt any one. He made an appeal to Muslims that in this matter they themselves should follow sharee principles and demand the government to avoid enacting any law which is contrary to Islamic Shariat and also try to convince the countrymen, as far as possible, about its complications and problems.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 August 2010 on page no. 18

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