Hyderabad: The Muslim community in the city by and large appeared to be satisfied with the Supreme Court judgment on triple talaq with no organisation here coming out against the verdict.
Right from Jamiat-e-Ulema to Jamat-e-Islami and Ahle Hadith, all major sects and organisations, including All India Muslim Personal Law Board, gave mixed reactions to the court’s observations.
The Shia Community with the Ahle Hadith, was against the practice right from the beginning, whereas liberal voices within the Sunni or the Hanafi School of Thought had expressed reservations over the practice. Many from the Hanafi sects argued that triple talaq was against Quranic teachings, and said the Quran taught a due process of law comprising three months to separate a woman from the Nikah of a man.
The units of Jamat-e-Islami Hind Telangana and Odisha reacted cautiously to the verdict and said the Indian Constitution had granted freedom of religion to the Muslims and no one had a right to curb it.
Amir-e-Jamat Telangana Hamid Mohammed Khan said he was yet to go through the entire judgment, but made it clear that the government had no moral right to interfere in the religious issues of the Muslim community. He also said they were in favour of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board’s stand and that a meeting of the AIMPLB would be held in Bhopal on September 10, in which the Jamat-e-Islami would put its stand on the issue.
Eminent Islamic scholar and AIMPLB secretary Maulana Khaled Saifullah Rehmani said the verdict was partially against the Muslim community whereas the court had upheld that Muslim personal laws were very much in the ambit of the Constitution.
He also said the court ruling on triple talaq was applicable to those who moved the court for justice while those who voluntarily practised the personal laws need not worry.
The women’s wing of the AIMPLB stated that the judgment given was contradictory and that it was a fractured judgment.
Dr. Asma Zehra, Chief Organiser, Women’s Wing, AIMPLB, here said triple talaq does not always work against women. Many times, it is an exit mechanism to relieve women from unsuccessful and troublesome marriages.
“As the triple talaq practice is already vanishing from the Muslim community, this judgment will have a very little impact on society,” Dr Zehra said in a statement. However, some women feel that with the judgment, women have finally emerged victorious.
“People who are opposing this verdict should understand that women who are against this are not against the religion,” she said.
Rafia Nausheen, Project Manager, Mahita NGO said the decision would definitely help women from being exploited. “The decision grants equality and is a good move. The law was being used as a blackmailing tool by men to get things done,” she said.