Srinagar: Following the Supreme Court verdict outlawing instant triple talaq, Muslim religious bodies in Kashmir are considering to launch an awareness campaign about Islamic laws to avoid further interference. Many Islamic scholars and clerics had referred to the SC verdict as interference in their religious affairs.
Chairman of the Karwan-e-Islami, Ghulam Rasool Hami, told Kashmir Reader that “communal forces” were trying to malign the image of Islam and they are able to do so because Muslims are unaware about their own Islamic laws.
“Misconceptions are being spread all over to defame Islam. The communal forces are using new tactics to create a false image of Muslims among non-Muslims and among those Muslims who are not aware about issues like triple talaq. Considering this to be our responsibility, we will launch a comprehensive awareness campaign among Muslims to avoid any interference in future,” he said.
Hami said that instructions have already been conveyed to Imams, scholars, muftis and other responsible heads of institutions to highlight issues like triple talaq and to “clear the confusions created by media and other elements”.
With the right-wing BJP heading the government in New Delhi, and its agenda of implementing a Uniform Civil Code, the religious bodies said that there is likelihood of more interference into religious affairs of Muslims.
President of the Jamiat-e-Ahl-i-Hadeeth Jammu & Kashmir, GM Bhat, said that it was the need of the hour to create awareness among Muslims about several issues that are being misused by a few elements.
“Our Islamic laws are very clear and easy to follow, but unfortunately we don’t have knowledge about them. Outsiders take advantage of this and create confusions among Muslims and a false image of Islam among non-Muslims. Besides speaking about these issues in weekly sermons on Friday, we will be organising seminars and conferences to spread awareness about Islamic laws,” Bhat said.
Reacting to the SC verdict over triple talaq, he said that it was simply interference into the religious affairs of Muslims, who have their own Islamic laws defined in Quran and Sunnah.
“Tomorrow, SC or Parliament may decree that property distribution should be on equal basis to both male and females, as the Constitution of India calls for equal rights to both genders, or that polygamy is prohibited. Will we accept that? The divine laws of Islam have wisdom which is even beyond the rational minds of humans,” Bhat said.
Jama’at-e-Islami chief, Ghulam Muhammad Bhat said the party will intensify its efforts to spread awareness among Muslims regarding triple talaq and other issues about which they are less aware.
“We have been doing (the awareness programmes) and we will intensify our efforts to make people aware about these issues,” Bhat said.
Head of the Islamic Studies Centre, Jammu and Kashmir, Dr Yousuf-ul-Umar said that Muslims will only differentiate between good and bad when they are aware of the Islamic laws.
“If we continue to remain in darkness, outsiders will continue to attack our Deen (religion) and create confusions among us. Now is the time for Muslims to ponder and come closer to Islam and its teachings. We on our behalf have been highlighting Islamic views on these critical issues and will accelerate this in the coming days,” Umar said.
Appealing for unity among Muslims to counter the propaganda against Islam, Head of Tahaffuze Khatm-e-Nabuwwat JK, Mufti Mohammad Hussain, said that interference into matters of Muslims was a direct attack and by no means “will be accepted”.
“What do they (non-Muslims) understand about wisdom of Islamic laws? It is because a few Muslims don’t know what Islam says that these people (non-Muslims) exploit their ignorance and create confusions. Since the issue came into the public domain, we have increased our efforts to spread awareness about these issues and we will increase them manifold,” Hussain said.
A roundtable conference is being held on Monday in which various Muslim bodies from different school of thoughts will put their views on triple talaq and other issues. The conference is being organised by the Karwan-e-Islami, which has invited various Muslim bodies to chalk out a strategy to avoid “outside interference in religious affairs of Muslims”.