[Mohammad Wali Rahmani in a file photo.]
Lucknow: In a clear indication that it can have meeting with anyone - including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to discuss the issues concerning the Muslim community, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) on Sunday said no one is 'untouchable' and the board is known for changing its strategies under changing situations.
"The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) has always changed strategies as per the prevailing situations. For us no one is untouchable and if needed, we can meet the prime minister", Mohammad Wali Rahmani, the newly appointed acting general secretary of the board, said.
Mohammad Wali Rahmani was talking to the media on the sidelines of the 51-member executive committee of the board which met at Nadwutul Ulema in Lucknow on Sunday. The meeting was held to take stock of the work done on decisions taken at the annual general body meeting of AIMPLB in Jaipur on March 23.
"The board is open to all alternatives as per the demand of the situation, and is also ready to meeting with anyone to raise the issues concerning the Muslim community", he added.
The board had earlier rejected the similar proposal mooted by Zafar Sareshwala, a businessman closed to Prime Minister Modi.
The decision is important as no prominent Muslim leader or organisation has so far met Narendra Modi after he became prime minister because of his alleged role in the 2002 Gujarat riots.
The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) in its meeting also announced to form an "Action Committee" (Majlis-e-Amal) which will interact directly with people and garner their support on various issues such as Yoga Diwas, Sury Namaskar, ghar wapsi”, proposed amendment in Shariah, and protection of religious places.
Mohammad Wali Rahmani was appointed the Chairman of the Action Committee which will have 4-5 members. The formation of the Action Committee is aimed at making the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) more active, and expand its work beyond issuing statements and passing resolutions.
The Action Committee will decide on launching nationwide stir to protest changes in curriculum of government schools was against the law of the land and there was a need to form public opinion on such issues. It was also decided that the Board will become a party in Sharia-related cases pending before various courts of the country.
“The board’s view on ‘surya namaskar’ and ‘yoga’ would be put forth by the committee along with the explanation why they go against the beliefs of the Muslims, and why they should not be imposed on their children,” Khalid Rasheed Firangi Mahali, one of the board member, said.
Another board member Kamaal Farooqui said that it was against Islam to salute the sun.
“Surya namaskar should not be made mandatory in government schools,” because Muslims bowed only before ‘Allah.’
“The board has the option to move the court and to launch a movement against the proposal,” he said.