In an embarrassing development for the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), the ‘imams’ of Nadva mosque here failed to read out the code of conduct on ‘talaq’ during Friday ‘namaz’ today despite an order by the board. The board had on Sunday met at the Nadva mosque and issued an appeal to imams and maulanas of mosques to read out the code of conduct during Friday ‘namaz’ and emphasise on its implementation. However, senior member of AIMPLB executive, Maulana Yasin Usmani told PTI, “May be the document containing the code of conduct has not yet reached all the imams and maulanas and that could be the reason why it was not discussed today…it will gradually reach the imams all over the country and will be taken up.”
He clarified that the code of conduct was read out in the mosques of his native Badaun, and that meetings will be organised on behalf of the board all over the country to make people aware of it. The AIMPLB had decided to issue the code of conduct and warned that those who gave talaq (divorce) without ‘Shariat’ (Islamic law) reasons would face social boycott. “A code of conduct for talaq is being issued. With its help, the real picture of Shariat directives will be brought out on the talaq issue. If talaq is given without Shariat reasons, those involved will be socially boycotted,” the board had said.
The board had also issued appeals to all maulanas and imams of mosques to read out the code of conduct during Friday ‘namaz’ and emphasise on its implementation. The AIMPLB meeting was held against the backdrop of the raging debate on triple talaq in the country. The Union government had on October 7 last year opposed in the Supreme Court the practice of triple talaq, ‘nikah halala’ and polygamy among Muslims and favoured a relook on grounds like gender equality and secularism.
The Ministry of Law and Justice, in its affidavit, had referred to constitutional principles like gender equality, secularism, international covenants, religious practices and marital law prevalent in various Islamic countries to advocate that the practice of triple talaq and polygamy needed to be adjudicated upon afresh by the apex court. The board’s women wing head Asma Jahra, however, said the matter of talaq of Muslim women was not religious but social. “In India, women’s issues are same and in such scenario only Muslims’ laws should not be targetted,” she said.