New Delhi: Muslims in India will respect the Supreme Court verdict on triple talaq but quashing it will not stop the community from adhering to the Muslim Personal Law, Jamiat Ulema-i-Hind (JUH) leader and senior Islamic theologian Maulana Arshad Madani has said.
“People are free to seek remedial measures from the court. Similarly, others are equally free to be guided by the Personal Law within their household and in their personal lives,” said Madani, reacting to the recent observations of the Allahabad High Court, which termed the practice as “unconstitutional” and “against the spirit of the Holy Quran.” The issue is pending in the Supreme Court, where the NDA government has filed an affidavit opposing the practice.
“The Islamic law and Sharia have to be interpreted not only on the basis of Quranic verses; one also has to take into account the Hadith (a collection of the traditions based on the sayings of Prophet Mohammad),” said Madani.
Maulana Arshad Madani's father, Mulana Syed Hussain Madani, was a Deobandi Ulema and an Islamic theologian of international repute who taught Hadith at Medina.
During the last phase of the Independence movement, Madani Senior was a staunch critic of Muhammad Ali Jinnah's ‘two-nation’ theory and countered it with his concept of Muttahida Qaumiyat or Universal Citizenship.
JuH, at its annual convention in Ajmer last month, had also passed a resolution against any government interference in Muslim Personal Law while seeking to bring about changes within to stop any misuse of triple talaq.
Further clarifying his position on Personal Law, Madani drew an analogy with the offering of Namaz as per Islamic law. "If the law of a land prohibits me from offering Namaz, I will still do it in my home. If the law decides to punish me for doing that, then so be it,” said Madani, reiterating that triple talaq was neither considered a good practice nor encouraged in Islam.
Madani also hit out at Narendra Modi, alleging that the Prime Minister has remained silent on many issues concerning the minorities but chose to speak on this particular matter. "There are certain rights which were given to the minorities at the time of Independence. And those must be preserved," said Madani.