New Delhi: The All India Muslim Personal Law Board announced that it will launch a campaign to ensure that women get their due share of inheritance. It also expressed deep concern over the government’s crackdown on Wakf properties, the criminal negligence of Wakf boards, and cases filed against the Wakf Act in various high courts in the country.
The decision was taken at the Board’s Working Committee meeting held here on September 15, which discussed several issues, including social problems prevailing in Muslim society. Many participants agreed that while Sharia law stipulates that daughters receive a certain portion of their father’s estate, this was not always the case. In addition, some participants felt that mothers of sons and widows of husbands were also occasionally denied their rightful inheritance shares.
The group resolved to organize a nationwide campaign to ensure that women receive their fair share of their father’s estate.
Briefing the decisions of the working committee, board spokesperson Dr. S. Q. R. Ilyas said that the board has also realized that women are facing many social problems, such as female foeticid, dowry, the problem of late marriage, attacks on their dignity and chastity, exploitation at work, domestic violence, etc.
The Board carefully considered these issues and determined that internal social reform would receive special focus. The entire country was divided into three sections for the goal of social reform, and Maulana S. Ahmad Faisal Rahmani, Maulana Md. UmrainMahfooz Rahmani, and Maulana Yasin Ali Usmani were given responsibility for it.
In addition, he stated that the following individuals were part of the committee formed to create the plan and map for the entire project: Dr. S. Q. R. Ilyas, Maulana S. Ahmad Faisal Rahmani, and Maulana Md. UmrainMahfooz Rahmani. Similar to this, the Tafheem e Shariat Committee was assigned to Maulana Syed Bilal Abdul Hai Hasani Nadvi, the board’s secretary.
He said the revised Mediation Act’s many components were thoroughly examined by the Working Committee. It has been determined that a committee made up of legal professionals from the board will review every element and advise the board on how it may be utilized to address matrimonial and other social issues. The group will be led by the general secretary.
The Working Committee expressed deep concern over the government’s crackdown on Wakf properties, the criminal negligence of Wakf boards, and cases filed against the Wakf Act in various high courts in the country. It was decided that Waqf conferences would be organized in five major cities of the country on the Shariah status of the Wakf, the threats to the Wakf properties, and possible remedial measures.
The participants in the meeting were appreciative of the board’s efforts with respect to the Uniform Civil Code, particularly the round table discussion and press conference with diverse religious and social groups. On the Board’s initiative, the Law Commission on UCC received responses from around 6.3 million Muslims. The meeting and conversation between the Board’s delegation and the Law Commission were led by the Board’s president. The board has chosen to keep up its opposition to UCC.
Maulana Khalid Saifullah Rahmani, the board’s president, presided over the meeting, and Maulana Mohammed Fazlur Rahim Mujaddidi, the board’s general secretary, led the proceedings.