Kanthapuram against ‘unilateral ban’ on polygamy and divorce by ‘talaq’
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: All-India Sunni Jamiyyathul Ulama general secretary Kanthapuram A.P. Abubacker Musaliar has said that Muslims could not accept the imposition of a law ‘unilaterally banning’ polygamy and divorce by ‘talaq.’
Responding to a question at a press conference here on Tuesday, he said the debate on the subject had begun in Kerala 30 years ago. The Muslim position had been clarified repeatedly, he added when journalists’ sought his view on the recommendation of the State Law Reforms Commission headed by former Supreme Court judge V.R. Krishna Iyer for enacting such a law.
He said Islam did not permit indiscreet marriages and divorces. Marrying more than one woman is allowed to a man under certain circumstances, subject to conditions. Those who misuse this permission do not believe in true Islam. The religion holds women in the highest esteem. Divorce by telling ‘talaq’ three times is also significant, he said stressing the word ‘three.’
The first ‘talaq’ is when there is total incompatibility. The second is when the search for reconciliation too has been futile; each stage is under the lens. Mr. Abubacker Musaliar said that in Islam, women too had recourse to such relief when their husbands behaved in ways not permitted by the religion. “Crookedness should be curbed,” he added.
He and other leaders of the organisation met Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan earlier in the day to present a memorandum asking the State government to conduct a survey of the social and economic status of the people to determine how the reservation norms should be restructured based on the existing realities. It is 12 years since such a survey was conducted in the State. He said the Muslims constituted 26 per cent of the population in the State. They should receive commensurate reservation of government jobs, he added.
Mr. Abubacker Musaliar said the tendency to indulge in terrorism appeared to be growing in a small section of people belonging to various sections. People of true faith can never become terrorists. The misguided elements are motivated solely by worldly ambitions and greed. The government should tackle this issue through unprejudiced and just actions. Efforts to target one section of the people alone for the malady should be deplored by all, he said.