New Delhi: Worried about what it called "undue hues and cries" over the Muslim woman rights and several courts’ judgments on matters of Muslim personal laws seemingly contrary to the provisions of the Islamic law, Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind Sunday launched a training course in Muslim personal law for lawyers.
Former Chief Justice of India A.M. Ahmadi while launching the courses at Jamiat headquarters, ITO New Delhi, noted this move as a positive way to deal with the misunderstanding about the Islamic Sharia.
“Each and every community has to face difficulties at sometimes. But, a wise community is the one which instead of resorting to the sentimentalism, first evaluates its own faults and then correct it. If there is a concerted attempts unleashed for distorting its image then it responds with wisdom and full acumen", he said.
While speaking on Common Civil Code he said that this was not issue of a particular community but in country like India which is a pluralistic society, such move will not be accepted even by the majority community.
In the launching programme which witnessed more than four hundred eminent jurists, Islamic scholars and others several eminent lawyers and prominent Islamic scholars spoke on the need of courses which could deal with misunderstandings prevailed about the Islamic Shariat.
The speakers included Maulana Abul Qasim Nomani, rector, Darul Uloom Deoband, Maulana Sayed Mohammad Shahid, Zafaryab Jilani, Mohammad Salman Mansurpori, Prof. Akhtarul Wasey, Shakil Ahmad Sayed, Prof. Afzal Wani and Kamal Faruqui.
Maulana Mahmood Madani, General Secretary of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind who is the moving force in starting the course, said that this training programme will cover issues such as marriage, divorce, maintenance, inheritance, testament and auqaf.
"This training Course in Muslim Personal has been designed with the objective of making the practicing lawyers better informed about the Muslim personal laws", he said.
The speakers at the program noted that for the last many years, Indian courts have been delivering judgment after judgments on matters of Muslim personal laws which are contrary to the provisions of the Islamic law.
"There could be many reasons for this and one of them that we may point out is lack of awareness and misunderstanding about many of the provisions. This is not limited to the common people but even our lawyers who handle such cases are not properly educated and trained in handling the related issues", they noted.
"They are unable to inform the courts which are the primary duty as the officers of the court. The courts develop this understanding and deliver judgments as per the information passed to it by the concerned advocates. This not only affects the image of Islam and Muslim community but also tarnish the image of Muslims regarding the rights of woman in Islam", the speakers observed.