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New Delhi: Following a Karnataka High Court decision upholding the ban on Hijab in educational institutions on the pretext that it is not an essential Islamic practice, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) said that it will file an appeal in the Supreme Court.

Board’s general secretary, Maulana Khalid Saifullah Rahmani, said that an online meeting of the Board’s legal committee and its secretaries were held on March 14 to review the court order.
Senior Advocate Yusuf Hathim Muchhala, Legal Committee Convener, Advocates M.R. Shamshad, Tahir Hakeem, Fuzail Ahmed Ayyubi, Niyaz Ahmed Farooqui, and Secretaries Maulana Muhammed Fazlurraheem Mujaddadi, Maulana Muhammed Umrain Mehfooz Rehmani, Dr. Syed Qasim Rasool Ilyas, Kamal Farooqui, Maulana Sagheer Ahmed Rushadi, (Ameer-e-Shariat, Karnataka), Maulana Ateeq Ahmed Bastavi and K Rehman Khan participated in the meeting.

The Board felt that the judgment had numerous flaws. First, the verdict completely disregards the right to personal liberty.

It was noted that the court decided what is and is not essential in Islam on its own. The right to interpret or expound a law, on the other hand, is reserved exclusively for professionals in that field. As a result, when it comes to Shariat or Islamic law, the view of the Ulema or Islamic experts will be more critical and persuasive. The Karnataka High Court, on the other hand, did not take this into account when delivering its Hijab judgment.

As a result, the Karnataka high court in the Hijab case could not meet the demand for justice. Muslims are becoming greatly worried that the court, which had been the final light of hope for citizens’ justice, is eroding.

The Board voiced its deep dissatisfaction with the Karnataka High Court’s decision.

While maintaining within the bounds of the law, the Board plans to appeal the Karnataka high court’s decision to the Supreme Court.

The Board also appealed to the Ulemas, intellectuals, community leaders, academicians, industrialists, and people in business to set up more girls’ schools all over the country where girls from all communities can obtain high-quality education without compromising their culture, religion, and moral values.

The community must place a greater emphasis on girls’ education and treat women with dignity and respect. Community leaders must approach private educational institutions and persuade their administrators to create separate classrooms for boys and girls in grades above Standard VII. Furthermore, the community must organize nonviolent protests in states where wearing the scarf is prohibited in educational institutions.

The Board lauded the girl students who chose not to remove their Hijab and remained firm in adopting the Islamic symbols as clearly mentioned in the Quran.

The Board appeals to the Muslim community to remain peaceful and calm and not take the law into their hands and wait for the instructions from the Board.