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AIMPLB–sponsored Women’s Conference

New Delhi: A 2-day Conference of Muslim women sponsored by All India Muslim Personal Law Board's Social Reforms Committee was held in Delhi on 16 and 17 April at New Horizon School near Humayun's Tomb. In the first session on the last day Dr. Asma' Zohra spoke on the aims and objectives of the Board. After her Mufti Fuzailur Rahman Helal Usmani said that Shariat laws are not man-made but these laws are laid down by Allah and its explanation and exegesis was given by Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) which we call Hadith. He said that main laws of Shariat are ordained by Allah and hence no body has been authorised to make even the slightest change in them.

Women speakers like Samina Tabish, Sarah, Dr. Halima Sadia, Dr. Zehra Asma' spoke on different topics, which ranged from Moral values in Islam, importance of education in Islam, introduction of Islamic Shariat, Aurat ka Maqaam, Training and Progress of Muslim girl students, Responsibilities of Muslim girl students in the field of Da'wat and service, Need of Education from Birth till Death etc. The speakers emphasised the point that all problems can be solved and all challenges can be met within the framework and scope of Islam. Imam of Fatehpuri Masjid Maulana Mufti Mukarram Ahmad speaking at this conference said that Islamic history is witness to the great sacrifices made by women for Shariat-e Muhammadi and that our mothers and sisters played important roles in the character and personality development of great saints and preachers through whom this religion has reached us. He laid emphasis on the point that students (girl) must receive education and knowledge by remaining within the limits prescribed by Islam.

After the speeches there was a question – answer session in which women asked some penetrating questions. One question was that more than one marriage is allowed but what is Islam's injunction on this? In reply Mufti Fuzail Helal Usmani said that this law is made by Allah so probably we with deficient (naaqis) intellect or understanding, may not be able to understand it, only permission has been given to men for this (four marriages), but with conditions. In reply to another question: after the father's death, some sons turn out their mothers from the house, render them helpless and deprive them of patrimony. What is Islam's order about this? Mufti Fuzail said that it is the husband's responsibility that during his life time he should make such arrangements that she should not face any problem. There should be a fund in society through which helpless women could be taken care of. All the women speakers, most of whom were from Delhi except a few from outside Delhi like Hyderabad, Meerut, spoke about following the principles of Islam in our daily life, avoid acts which are forbidden in Islam and removal of social evils like dowry.

Among the male speakers, in addition to Mufti Fuzail Helal Usmani were Mufti (Dr.) Mukarram Ahmad, Imam of Fatehpuri Masjid, Maulana Abdul Wahab Khilji, Dr. Syed Qasim Rasool Ilyas, Prof. (Dr.) Muhammad Saud Alam Qasmi, former Dean of AMU's Deptt. of Theology etc. Finally, the Conference ended with a prayer by Maulana Wali Rahmani, secretary of All India Muslim Personal Law Board.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 May 2011 on page no. 20

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