Hyderabad: The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) issued ‘Hyderabad Declaration’ on the concluding day of its three-day deliberations here at Owaisi Hospital on Sunday.
At a media interaction after the plenary, AIMPLB secretary Zafaryab Jeelani said the Board took unanimous decision to accept the resignation of its working committee member Maulana Syed Salman Husaini Nadvi, whose rebellion on Saturday created a major controversy.
“We had not decided to expel Maulana Salman Nadvi even until after the second day of the deliberations, though we had heated arguments with him. We had formed a committee to look into the controversy and take a decision about it. However, Nadvi gave interviews to the media and even called for the constitution of a new Board in place of the AIMPLB. He showed the Board in a bad light and publicly stated that he was leaving the Board. Based on his own statements, we have accepted his decision and hereby consider his membership void,” said Jeelani.
On the allegations made by Nadvi about attempts of some powerful people to ‘hijack’ the Board, AIMPLB general secretary Maulana Khaled Safiullah Rahmani said these were mere allegations which held no weight.
“The Board is functioning in a healthy and active manner. There have been no issues of power politics or anything as such. Rumours are being spread, aimed at defaming the Board. Please do not believe them,” said Rahmani.
The important aspects of the Hyderabad Declaration were that the Board would not compromise on either the Babri Masjid issue or the Triple Talaq case.
Board secretary Dr Asma Zehra said the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights) Bill was ‘totally defective’. “We had a strong representation of women at the plenary. Women educated about Sharia came from 22 States to attend this congregation, and all of them agreed that the Bill should not be passed by the Parliament. The women representatives of the Board have decided to approach State Women Commissions and Governors as they had approached the National Women’s Commission, to protest against the Bill. There are very few cases of Triple Talaq in the community and the whole issue was just raked up by the media. The Board even has a helpline for counselling couples in cases of divorce,” she said.