Muslim scholars form Ulema board

The body comprises representatives of both Shia and Sunni sects

Lucknow: Muslim scholars and clerics in Uttar Pradesh have formed a joint Ulema board, comprising representatives of both Shia and Sunni sects, in a bid to provide ``strong and effective leadership'' to their community and prevent it from being ``used as a vote bank''.

The board was formed at a meeting of clerics and scholars at the historic Tile Wali Masjid here on Fridayt evening, caretaker of the famous Dada Mian Dargah Farhat Hasan Shah, a member of the board, told PTI on Saturday.

``The need to form a joint board comprising members of both sects was felt to ensure that the community is not used as a vote bank by political parties,'' he said.

Noted Shia cleric Maulana Kalbe Jawwad, who was also present at the meeting, said the board would take up issues confronting the Muslim community all over the country.

No parallel authority

Rejecting the opinion that the board would work as a parallel authority to the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), he said the latter will continue to work as before and will have no clash with the joint Ulema board.

``Till now there was no joint body of Muslims due to which differing views used to be aired on different matters,'' he said.

Prominent among those who attended the meeting besides Jawwad and Shah, were the Imam of Tile Wali Masjid Maulana Shah Fazlurehman Vaizi Nadwi, Maulana Jahangeer Alam Kasmi, Maulana Iqbal Ahmed Kadri and United Muslim Morcha vice-president M A Siddique. PTI