The 22nd convention of All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB)
which began in Mumbai Friday, ended late in the evening on Sunday
with a mammoth gathering at Azad Maidan pledging to sacrifice
everything in order to save the constitutional rights of Muslims.
Speakers, first for two days in different
sessions at Haj House and later at the public meeting at Azad
Maidan on Sunday, asserted that the board will force the
government to amend the Right to Education Act (RTE), scrap the
direct taxes code bill and bring changes in the wakf amendment
The speakers also urged the
government to allow prayers at hundreds of the mosques which are
under the of custody of the ASI.
"Fresh dangers are looming large as the government of the day seems
to usurp the Sharia laws. But the government should note that we
will sacrifice our lives but will not tolerate any interference in
the Sharia", All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB)
president Mohammad Rabey
Hasani Nadvi said.
"India is a democratic country where
people from all religions are given constitutional rights to
practice as per their faith and belief. But attempts are on to
deny Muslim their constitutional rights. It will not be
tolerated", he said.
Recalling the rights given by the
Muslim rulers to everyone in India, Prof Shakil Samdani, Professor
of Law at Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) said, "You are
reciprocating with what the Muslims had given to this country
hundreds of years back. This is not a favor to the community."
Raising the issue of the mosques
under the ASI custody, Syed Salman Husaini Nadvi said, "Drinking
wine is permitted here but faithful cannot offer their prayers.
What can be more shameful than this?"
Demanding amendments in RTE Act, Abdur Rahim Qureishi, assistant general secretary of
AIMPLB, said, "There are provisions in the RTE Act that deny our
right to establish and run religious and educational institutions.
We will make it a mass movement unless this Act is amended."
Attacking the tax bill, Qureishi
said that taxing places of worship was tantamount to interference
in the religious affairs of all communities. "The Bill will affect
not only the mosques, but places of worship of all religions," he added.
The AIMPLB also rubbished reports
that one of the organizers of the board's meeting, Khair-e-Ummat
Trust, was a front for the banned Students Islamic Movement of
Denying that the Khair-e-Ummat Trust, a Dongri-based registered
NGO, had any links with SIMI, the trust's secretary, Ibrahim
Khalil Abedi, said that the news was "baseless and defamatory."
Stating that AIMPLB's office in Mumbai
is located at the Khair-e-Ummat Trust building, Qureishi alleged,
"This is part of the conspiracy to defame and denigrate a Muslim
organization which provides scholarships and medical help to the
UP CM Akhilesh Yadav won praise from the board members as he has
assured the AIMPLB president Mulana Rabe Hasan Nadvi that the
proposed law in his state which deprives married women of their
rights in fathers' agricultural property will exclude Muslims.
Copies of Akhilesh's letter to Maulana Nadvi were also distributed
among the 400-odd members from across the country.
The 3-day convention was inaugurated
on Friday with the opening session held at the Haj House. People
from various parts of Maharashtra and the neighboring states
converged at Mumbai to attend the AIMPLB historic convention.