Triple talaq and polygamy are practised in Islam since beginning, the government needs to focus on education and other basic facilities.
The triple talaq is a non-issue being blown out of proportion by those with a political agenda, women leaders of the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) said on Tuesday, only days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged the Muslim community not to view the issue from the prism of politics.
The Jamaat women said, “Islamic laws are divine and so can’t be changed by anyone. However, the Muslim community needs awareness and education about Muslim personal laws to check their misuse”.
Instead of raking up the triple talaq issue, the government should focus more on education and other basic facilities to India’s “under-privileged” communities, including Muslims, JIH secretary Atiya Siddiqua said.
Siddiqua said a negative image of Muslims – showcasing men of the community as dominant and women as victims – was being portrayed.
Reacting to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statement asking Muslim leaders not to politicise triple talaq, Siddiqua said that it was the government that was unnecessarily blowing triple talaq and polygamy issues out of proportion.
“These practices have been in Islam since the very beginning. Why was there no hue and cry (about it) so far? Why did this happen all of a sudden?” Siddiqua asked.
“The fact is that the practice of polygamy among Muslims is much more infrequent than other communities and the percentage of divorce is also least among the Muslims.”
GOVT ASKED NOT TO INTERFERE IN MUSLIM RELIGIOUS MATTERS
She asked the government not to interfere in Muslim religious matters and termed polygamy as a “divine law and boon for society” because it can give social and financial security to widows and uplift their status.
She said the Jamaat had been conducting a pan-India awareness programme with Muslims over issues like marriage, divorce and inheritance. The 15-day awareness programme ends on May 7.
“During our visit to various slum areas (in Uttar Pradesh), Muslim women told us that the education of their children was their priority. It (triple talaq) is a non-issue. It is being politicised unnecessarily .
“The government should take up issues like education and basic facilities… for underprivileged,” Siddiqua said.
She said Muslim clerics have also been advised to deliver Friday sermons related to Muslim personal laws and eliminate misconceptions about it.
Siddiqa was accompanied by Shaista Rafat, in-charge of women’s department of JIH Delhi and Haryana and Nikhat Mulla, in-charge of GIO Delhi.
Shaista Rafat said Islamic laws were “divine and for the good of people. Those who say these practices should be abolished are unaware about the Shariah laws.”
TRIPLE TALAQ TO BE BANNED
The BJP-led central government has been pushing for a ban on the practice of triple talaq — verbally divorcing wife by uttering the word “talaq” thrice.
The debate against the practice was fueled when a woman in Uttar Pradesh lodged a complaint against her husband who had allegedly threatened her with triple talaq after she delivered a girl child.
The practice is not followed in at least 22 Muslim countries including Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.
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