New Delhi, Sept 12: The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) has decided not to challenge or seek a review of Supreme Court’s verdict on triple talaq, adding that the body has to uphold the Sharia in the context of the validity of triple talaq under the Muslim personal law. However, the Board said there is a need for a social boycott of those who practice triple talaq as it is regarded as nothing short of a sin under the Muslim Personal law.
The AIMPLB will launch a nation-wide campaign to inform the Muslim community about the provisions of the Sharia regarding ‘talaq-e-biddat’ (triple talaq). The board members are of the view that while they respect the Supreme Court’s verdict on triple talaq as the law of the land, they don’t want any interference in the Muslim personal law from the government. The body rejected the perception that it was trying to undermine the triple talaq judgement.
“The Board is clear that it will follow the SC judgement declaring instant triple talaq as invalid as the law of the land but at the same time, it wants to inform and tell Muslim men and women about the Sharia and what it says on the matter. The Sharia recognises the validity of the instant triple talaq but at the same time it is cited to be a sin and hence the Board is encouraging a boycott of those who resort to instant talaq,” One of AIMPLB founders and executive committee member Kamal Faruqui was quoted as saying by Times of India.
The AIMPLB will set up a body to study the Supreme Court’s judgement besides launching a nation-wide campaign to build awareness on Muslim personal law. “The purpose of the Committee is to look into the nuances of the verdict and ensure that when the Board reaches out to create awareness, it is able to explain the legal position as stated by the SC and what the Sharia says,” Faruqui said about the purpose of the committee.
At the Executive Committee meeting on Sunday in Bhopal, the AIMPLB passed a resolution stating that “Board’s position as per Sharia applicable to four Sunni schools of thought has been that Talaq-e-Biddat is sinful but valid”. Last month, Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind (JUH), one of India’s largest groups of Muslim clerics, described the Supreme Court decision striking down instant divorce as violative of the “Shariah” and a matter of “grave concern” for the Muslim community.
In a landmark judgment, the Supreme Court on August 22 by a 3-2 decision struck down the centuries-old practice of instant triple talaq among Indian Muslims as unconstitutional, manifestly arbitrary and void in law.