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Fatwas not binding: Muslim Personal Board

March 22, 2006 18:19 IST
Last Updated: March 22, 2006 21:35 IST

Asserting that fatwas were only opinions that are not binding on any person, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board petitioned Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesdayagainst a writ petition moved in the Supreme Court for prohibiting issuance of the religious edicts.

A high-level delegation of the board, alleging that the petition was aimed at 'causing disaffection among Muslims against the United Progressive Alliance government', called on the prime minister. It also urged him to ensure that 'the law officers of the Union government make thorough scholastic representations before the apex court against the plea for disbanding Dar-ul-Quazas'.

'Fatwa means opinion. Such opinions are expressed by Islamic scholars when called upon to do so on any religio-socio-cultural issues and the opinion is given as per the shariat (religious law). Opinions are not binding on any person, including theone who has sought it,' the board said in a presentation.

'Prohibiting expression of opinions by Islamic scholars on issues pertaining to religious, social, cultural issues of the Muslims will directly hit the fundamental freedom of expression guaranteed under Article 19 of the Constitution,' the presentation said.

With regard to Dar-ul Qaza (place of justice), it said they have been in existence for several centuries and attended to disputes/problems of Muslims affecting their personal law. "It cannot be said to be a parallel court of law," the representation said.

The delegation, led by board president Moulana Syed Rabey Husni Nadvi included, among others, MPs Sultan Salahuddin Owaisi and Asaduddin Owaisi.

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Sub: how much longer...

'Fatwa' in a democratic country like india is nothing short of anti-government and anti-social in nature. And why shoul we have a separate law board ...

Posted by Amar

Sub: There is nothing personal about Law

Dear Mr AIMPLB, There is nothing personal about Law. Move to legitamise Fatwa by giving clever resons is not acceptable to the people. It does ...

Posted by Raghavendra Kattinakere S

Sub: Fatwa

There are two words Religious Law and Place of Justice, not able to make out whether there is a separate meaning for Law and Justice.

Posted by S.Hariharan

Sub: Then why ask for one...

If they are not binding why ask for one... and create mischief.. they should ban it

Posted by Mahesh M

Sub: Fatwas

Better late than never these people realized that in India only the constitution and laws are binding on citizens.Nobody can issue fatwa\'s and take law ...

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