The Maharashtra leg of the 15-day nationwide Muslim Personal Law Awareness Campaign was launched this evening at Jhoola maidan, Mumbai in the presence of Mr. Muhammad Salim Engineer, Secretary General of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) with a view to make Indian Muslims aware of their personal law. Addressing a massive crowd of men and women, the learned speaker laid down the objectives of the campaign, making it clear that it is purely reformatory in nature and not a reactionary protest. He said that the Uniform Civil Code is neither practical, nor in the interest of the nation. “Our responsibility is not only to salvage Muslim Personal Law but also to introduce this wise and merciful divine law among our fellow Indian citizens in which lies their interest as well.”
In his inaugural speech, Mr. Azhar Ali Warsi spoke of the Government attempt at intervention in Muslim Personal Law and the strong resistance displayed by the Muslim community all over India. He claimed that religious scholars of all schools of thought have unanimously put their weight behind this campaign.
Adv. Saeed Akhtar (Vice President of Advocate Forum, Maharashtra) touched upon the Shariyah Application Act, 1937 which came to be known as Muslim Personal Law. He stressed upon the need of modern education for the holistic development of Muslims, while studying the Qur’an in all earnest.
In his keynote address, the President of JIH Maharashtra, Taufeeq Aslam Khan expounded upon the correct Islamic procedure of marriage, reconciliation and divorce.
Maulana Aslam Sayyaad from Masjid Ahle Hadees appealed to all Muslim factions to unite as a common front against the deluge of anti-Islam forces.
Maulana Mehmood Daryabadi, General Secretary of All India Ulema Council lamented upon the fact that the controversy over Muslim Personal Law has been blown out of proportion as part of a vilifying propaganda, quoting official facts and figures to drive home his point. He pointed out that the problem lies not with Shariyah, but the misuse thereof which is rightly condemnable. He recommended the establishment of Darul Qaza (Islamic courts) to solve the family problems of Muslims.
Zaheer Abbas Rizwi, President of Shia Ulema Board urged Muslims to rise above the petty matters they have been strategically engrossed in and forced on the defensive.
The program concluded with a fervent supplication beseeching God for His help and mercy.