New Delhi: In the presence of notable Muslim Ulema and legal luminaries, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) inaugurated “The Journal of Law and Religious Affairs” with the release of the first edition of the journal at an impressive ceremony at the India International Centre on December 23, 2021, here.
Maulana Khalid Saifullah Rahmani, the AIMPLB’s General Secretary, described “The Journal of Law and Religious Affairs” as a documentary on law, which he described as the most vital necessity of human civilization in this age of lawlessness.
“There are people with diverse viewpoints in the community,” Maulana Khalid Saifullah Rahmani stated, “but it is the law that requires them to establish justice in the society.”
According to him, the goal of Islamic law is to build a society that is just and peaceful. This country’s unique identity is based on its diversity, and imposing one religion or civilization on everyone will affect all parts of the country. He wondered aloud what would happen if the government decided what to eat, wear, and when to marry, which is not the government’s job.
Speaking on occasion as a Guest of Honour, Kapil Sibal, former Union Minister for Justice and Senior Advocate of the Supreme Court exhorted the community to dispel misgivings about Muslims and Islam prevailing in the country. He said more inter-community exchanges were needed to bridge the miscommunication gap.
Sibal said that the AIMLB Journal would play a significant role in ensuring justice, explaining the difference between justice and judgment.
“Decisions are made here (in a court of law), not justice,” he remarked, elaborating on the distinction between justice and judgment. This publication would aid in the coordination of justice and decision-making. The law is for the benefit of society, and because society evolves, the law must evolve as well. The court is unfamiliar with societal transformations, but a study journal like this would link the court and society.
Sibal underlined that the Parliament could pass legislation, but it is up to the Supreme Court to determine whether or not the legislation is valid. “Everyone has a distinct view of the law,” he explained, “and every time I read the law, something new comes to the fore.”
“History shows that the law has changed, and change is not far away.”
In terms of legal comprehension, the celebrated lawyer explained that it is vital to comprehend the law and society’s needs at the time of its creation. Because the legislation is designed for the benefit of society, if it is not in harmony with society, it will be rejected.
Recognizing the relevance of the AIMPLB journal in comprehending the law, renowned Supreme Court lawyer Sanjay Hegde stated that the journal would play a key part in building awareness of Muslim community law. He underlined that every citizen in this country has an equal right to protest and that protest is a democratic right of every citizen.
Maulana Fazlur Rahim Mujaddidi, Secretary of the AIMPLB and Rector of Jamea Tul Hidayat, Jaipur, spoke on occasion, highlighting the situation of justice in the country and said that getting justice was the most difficult undertaking for regular persons in India. The legal battle becomes considerably more difficult when the state and its allies actively work against minorities.
According to him, the law mandates that every person on the point of death receive justice. “Right now, we need to learn about the law.”
The adage “ignorance of the law is no excuse” applies to ordinary people. Everyone can protect himself and combat injustice in society if they know the law and the answer.
In his address, Syed Sadatullah Hussaini, president Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, also emphasized the importance of inter-faith dialogue and interaction and stated that this journal would play a significant role in this direction.
According to Maulana Asghar Imam Mehdi Salafi, Ameer of Jamiat-e-Ahl-e-Hadith, the law means the real execution of the law, and the law can only be enforced by respecting the law. He urged the AIMPLB to deal with the matter peacefully wherever it arises.
Maulana Syed Ali Naqvi, the founder member of AIMPLB, said that we are proud of our democratic country, and the minorities and backward classes are attached to the law. Still, the powerful class takes their rights by force. He has got up, but he still has faith in the court.
The journal’s editor and a Supreme Court attorney, M R Shamshad, stressed the importance of legal understanding, saying that academicians are unaware of what transpires in court. As a result, public translations of significant court rulings should be made available. Qasim Rasool Ilyas conducted the event, and Kamal Farooqi submitted a vote of thanks.