Demand for Shariah Court rising in Bengal

Whenever a community gets powerful or pampered ceaselessly one thing gets common – it gets interested in asserting own identity and leaves no stone unturned to attain the objective come what may.

Muslim community in India, coddled by secularists relentlessly is at crossroads at the moment and is being perceived to assert its own identity yet again by relying more on the need of introduction of Shariah (moral code and religious law of Islam) in the Indian scenario. Muslim radicals are raising the demand of the same more strongly than ever before and are being supported by intellectual coreligionists as well.

Such a voice was heard of late in Kolkata and it was none except Maulana Khalid Saifullah Rahmani, General Secretary of All India Personal Law Board. He was speaking in an open session of `Tamire Millat Conference’ called by Imarat-E Shariah Bihar, Orissa, Jharkhand and Kolkata Branch on April 14, 2013, at TB Association Hall, Kolkata.

He said in clear terms, “Muslims don’t need to run to courts always for resolution of issues concerning two Muslim parties as Darul Qaza (Shariah Court) can itself resolve many of the issues, like distribution of land according to `farayez’, or for even criminal offense like rape.”

According to him, Darul Qaza existing in every state in the country is alone able to solve all kinds of family disputes and each and every Muslim ought to make use of the Islamic system to solve the problems of the society. He also highlighted the need of spreading basic awareness of Shariah among Muslims in India and this happens to be the only way to protect them from getting involved to un-Islamic activities.

Other speakers who also accentuated the same included Maulana Anisur Rahman Qasmi, Member of All India Personal Law Board and Secretary of Imarat-E Shariah Bihar, Orissa, Jharkhand.

It has also been learnt that the Kolkata chapter of Imarat-E Shariah is all set to popularize Shariah Court in the Indian state of Bengal.

Is there any similarity between this clamor and that of 1940s, prior to the partition of undivided India?  

There is indeed and with each day it passes, the resemblance is getting more apparent.


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