Boosting up Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Maulvis and muftis of Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Punjab had passed resolutions stating that no marriages will be conducted in houses without toilets. Confirming that having a toilet had been declared mandatory for Muslim marriages in the three states of the country, Maulana Mahmood A Madani, Secretary General of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind asserted that soon this mandate will be applied in others states as well.
“Maulvis and muftis in Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana have decided that they will not solemnise the ‘nikah’ or Muslim marriage in a house where there are no toilets,” he said.
Madani, who is also a former Rajya Sabha MP, stated this during the inauguration of Assam Conference on Sanitation (ASCOSAN) 2017 conducted here in Khanapara last week.
“I feel that all religious leaders from all the religion throughout the country should decide that they will not conduct any rituals in houses where there are no toilets,” he said.
Emphasising on cleanliness and sanitation, he asked people to use toilets and also to make not only Assam but the country as a whole clean.
“There are two types of cleaning – one is external and the other internal. Both are interconnected, we will only be able to achieve the internal cleaning if our body is clean,” he said.
Th conference was held with the aim to showcase Assam’s commitment towards Swachh Abhiyan. Also speaking at the conference, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal emphasised on the importance of sanitation and hygiene. Attended by more than 60,000 people including district level functionaries, Panchayati Raj Institution (PRI) members, urban local bodies, experts, corporate houses and local people, the conference was the biggest ever organized in Assam.
(With inputs from agencies)