Mumbai: On 24 Nov, a grand conference was organized at HK College Ground in Jogeshwari, Mumbai under the title ‘Shariat Bachau and Muslim Reservation’. Scholars from all Muslim denominations along with thousands of people participated in the program. The conference organizers Mr. Feroz Shah, President of Qaumi Ekta Foundation and Maulana Burhanuddin Qasmi, Director of Markazul Ma’arif Education & Research Centre worked hard to make the program successful.
Maulana Obaidullah Khan Azmi, former MP, was among the main speakers who said, if the Prime Minister is sincere about Muslim women, why he is not doing justice with Zakia Jafri and other oppressed Muslim women in Gujarat where thousands of women became widows and millions of children were deprived of their fathers. Muslim Personal Law is not Muslim made law, but it is Shariat Application Act, 1937 which was introduced and implemented in British Government and after independence it was sustained in Indian constitution. He urged the government not to interfere in Muslim Personal Law since it is in accordance with Shariah and Muslims of India in no way would accept it.
Maulana Hafiz Nadeem Siddiqui, the president of Maharashtra Jamiat Ulama-e Hind said, “We are not fighting for protection of Personal Law and Muslim reservation as our political rights only rather we are undertaking this struggle as our religious duty to seek Allah’s blessings and it will continue at every level.” Maulana Siddiqui explained the benefits of the reservation in Andhra Pradesh where the government granted Muslims four percent reservation in education, which helped hundreds of Muslims to become doctors, engineers and IT experts.
Maulana Mahmood Daryabadi, the General Secretary of All India Ulama Council said in his speech that Muslims should always remain active to achieve their constitutional rights and will put together every effort to preserve their Islamic identity this time too. He said there are almost three hundred personal laws in our country then why this government wants to interfere only in Muslim personal law?
Maulana Haseeb read out the message of Maulana Ghulam Mohammad Ostanvi who could not participate in the program due to his illness.
Prof. Javed Khan, chairman of HK College, said in his presidential speech that to see all sects of Muslim together in one platform for their rights and protection of Shariah reflects that their future is bright. Qari Yunus from Jamiat Ulama-e Hind, Dr Azimuddin from Movement for Human Welfare, Maulana Mustaqeem Faizi from Jamiat Ahle Hadith, Mumbai, Advocate Panjatan Khan and other scholars addressed the program.