The All-India Muslim Personal Law Board on Sunday expelled its working committee member Maulana Salman Nadvi and issued a "Hyderabad Declaration" as the final conclusion of its three-day deliberations held at its 26th plenary at Owaisi Hospital.
AIMPLB president Maulana Rabey Hasani Nadvi presided over the meeting attended by over 400 members / special invitees, including Ulemas, intellectuals, and social and political personalities. The meeting vowed to protect the Islamic Shariah.
The Board reiterated that the stand taken by it on the Babri Masjid demolition remained unchanged. The AIMPLB members also discussed the model "nikahnama" which would include a clause aimed at discouraging triple talaq.
"It was decided that the Babri Masjid is an essential part of faith in Islam, and Muslims can never abdicate the Masjid, exchange land for it or gift the Masjid land. Babri Masjid is a Masjid and it shall remain a Masjid till eternity. By being demolished, the Babri Masjid does not lose its identity as a masjid. According to the Shariah, it will always remain a Masjid. We make it clear that the struggle for the reconstruction of the Babri Masjid will continue, and that the appeal in the Supreme Court is being fought rigorously with all the resources available at the disposal of the Board. The country's topmost lawyers are appearing on behalf of the Muslims, and we believe that the Almighty Allah will make us successful in the Supreme Court," the declaration said.
"The Talaq-e-Biddat Bill moved by the Union government is anti-women. It will create more difficulties for women. It is against the Shariah and it is against the Constitution. The efforts by the Board to stop this bill in the Rajya Sabha will continue. The Board will start a country-wide awareness campaign against the Bill and will also coordinate with the opposition parties which are opposing the Bill. Country-wide, women's empowerment meetings will be continuously held," it also said.
The Board president said that the Islamic laws were based on the Holy Quran and the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad. Muslims would not accept any amendments or any proposals for amendments to the Shariah.
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