Srinagar: Majilis Itehad-e-Milat Jammu Kashmir Saturday requested the Supreme Court to reconsider its verdict questioning the legality of the Sharia Courts in India and questioned why non-Muslims interfere into Islamic affairs when Muslims do not intrude in their matters.
MIM, an amalgam of various religious organisations in Kashmir, said, “It is disappointing that Supreme Court gave the verdict that sharia courts are not legal and their decrees can’t be enforced which is against the reality. In India as well as in Jammu and Kashmir the implementation of Muslim Personal Law gives the constitutional right to these courts to operate. Then there is no question of their illegality,” Grand Mufti, Bashir-ud-Din who is President of MIM said while addressing a press conference.
The Grand Mufti said the sharia courts through well coordinated manner solve the issues amicably between two parties and these courts are performing their duties since long time.
“If the issues can be resolved amicably in Panchayats then why can’t Muslims solve their problems through Dar-ul-Qaza? Why are we been targeted when it provides best alternative system,” Grand Mufti said.
He also added that if Muslims don’t interfere into the affairs of other religions and challenge their courts then why are non-Muslims interfering into Islamic affairs.
“The Sharia courts does have no effect on the rights of people belong to other religions so they have no right to challenge these courts. This is only to hurt and defame the Muslims to promote the communal riots,” said Grand Mufti.
He said that there is difference between Dar-ul-Iftah abd Dar-ul-Qaza, the former gives the verdict on any issue and the later solves the issues between two Muslim parties amicably, so their verdicts are binding on all Muslims provided they are not against any authentic Sharia law.
“These verdicts can be given by only those scholars who have vast knowledge of Quran and Sunnah. How can a judge of any secular court who is unaware about the Islamic teachings give just decision on any Muslim affair,” he added.
He said that the MIM stress upon the Supreme Court to reconsider its decision and accept that the Muslims have a legal right to solve their problems through Sharia courts.
He also condemned the Israeli aggression on Gaza in which more than 1000 Palestinians mostly civilians have been killed so far and expressed dissatisfaction over the silence of Muslim nations and United Nations on the issue.
“We salute the people of Gaza who are resisting the Israeli aggression so bravely and the people of Kashmir who even themselves living under subjugation show solidarity with them,” Grand Mufti said.
He appealed all the Muslim nations and the justice supporting nations to come forward and take every step to stop Israeli aggression on Gaza.
“I also appeal the justice loving people of the world and Kashmir traders to protest against the Israeli aggression and show solidarity with Palestinians by boycotting Israeli made goods,” Grad Mufti added.
He was flanked by the other amalgam members, including the representatives of Jamait-e-Islami, Jamiat-e-Ahlehadees, Amjuman Shar-e-Sheian, Anjuman Tabligul Islam, Islamic Study Circle, Adara Dawat-ul-Haq, Nadwat-ul-Ulma, Tehreek-eMakatib Imammia, Mulim Personal Law Board and others.