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Darul qaza conference held in Ahmedabad

Ahmedabad: Recently in Ahmedabad, under the guidance of All India Muslim Personal Law Board, a seminar was held in Ahmedabad at Gandhi hall to promote Darul qaza in Gujarat which met with huge success as many Muslim lawyers, community leaders, and others from various walks of life were present in it.

After successful functioning in Bihar, Orissa, Assam, Uttar Pradesh and other states it has now been set up in Gujarat by the All India Muslim Personal Law Boad (AIMPLB), the apex body of Muslims for the protection of the Shariah.

Darul Qazas decide matters in the light of Shariah on issues like marriage, divorce, inheritance and maintenance.

After long and untiring efforts of Muslims in Gujarat they have now the first Darul Qaza, Shariah court, for speedy dispensing of justice and thus save time and money of the litigants. The Darul Qaza ensures justice without causing any heartburn

“There should be no misgiving among the public about its role. It is not a parallel system of dispensing justice like regular courts. On the contrary, it will serve as Lok adalats and therefore will be complementary to them,” said Mufti Ahmed Devalvi of Jamia Uloomul Qur’an, Jambusar “Being believers of the faith, it enjoins upon Muslims to accept Shariah in resolving disputes”, he added.

He said that the justice system of Islam demands of Muslims that they should approach the Shariah court for the settlement of their disputes and accept the verdict without any reservation as rules applied in such courts are of divine nature not man-made. “If one wins a case in a regular court through wrong means he is a loser in the eyes of Shariah. On the contrary, if one loses a case in the Shariah court he is also a winner in the eyes of Shariah as he follows the edict of the Almighty,” he said.

A Qazi of the Shariah court should not bow to any kind of pressures, or accept bribe, favour relatives, be influenced by vested interests, he added. He should not care about public opinion as long as his verdict is in line with the Shariah and he must control his emotions while delivering verdict, he said adding he must not accept any gift in any form or give secret audience to any of the two litigating parties as this may lead to suspicion about his integrity, he said.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-30 April 2011 on page no. 10

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