HYDERABAD: The Supreme Court judgment of Shamim Ara case of 2002, is proof of the Indian judicial system being proactively in favour of Quranic procedure of divorce, that must be followed by Muslims, said social activists.
The citizens had gathered on Wednesday at Lamakaan for a round-table discussion on Muslim Personal Law discussing “instant triple talaq’ which was being supported by Board and Jamaats, calling it unislamic and anti-Quranic. They also plan to hold a national seminar to highlight that the supreme court is in favour of divorce procedures prescribed by the Quran. The discussion detailed the divorce procedure as laid down in the Qur’an. Faiz ur Rahman, General Secretary of Islamic Forum for Promotion of Moderate Thought, Chennai, cited from Quran and his published works regarding the seven-step procedure that involves discussions, arbitrations, and a waiting period.
“Fatwas should be issued against dowry and ostentatious expenditure in nikahs (marriages) which can have a positive impact on the institution of marriage. Divorce is a socio-economic outfall,” said Abid Rasool Khan, State Minorities Commission Chairman.
“While Supreme Court and High Courts were quoting translations from the Qur’an in the Court Orders, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board(AIMPLB) and Jamaats did not refer to the Quran even once in their counter affidavits,” said Lubna Sarwath of Save our urban lakes (SOUL).