AIMP board refutes law commission`s observation about bigamy
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Last Updated: Saturday, August 08, 2009, 23:28
Hyderabad: The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) here on Saturday said that the observation of the Law Commission that bigamy conflicts with "the Islamic Law in letter and spirit" is wrong, unfounded and mistaken.

The spirit of Islam and Islamic law cannot be found anywhere except in the Quran and the Hadith which are the main sources of Islamic law and both give permission to marry more than one wife but not more than four, said AIMPLB Assistant General Secretary, Mohammedd Abdul Rahim Quraishi in a statement.

The practice of the companions of the Prophet (PBUH) and the Muslims, not only in India but all over the world prove the fact that Islamic law permits polygamy upto four wives, he said.

"It is very unfortunate and beyond comprehension that the Law Commission of India came to a conclusion which is against the Quran and tradition of the Prophet (PBUH) of Islam and the practice of the Muslims all over the world," he said.

It may be noted that Muslims have not been exhorted or encouraged to marry more than one woman, but they have been permitted to do so on the condition that they treat their wives equally, Quraishi said.

The Law Commission as reported has cited the examples of some Muslim countries where bigamy has been banned or subjected to some control. The Muslims of India do not follow any Muslim country or any law made in such a country, the AIMPLB official said.

"The Indian Muslims follow the Islamic law as is propounded in the Quran and the Hadith and they are not bound in any way to follow the examples of any Muslim country," Quraishi said.

The All India Muslim Personal Law Board demanded that the Centre, consult the Muslims of the country and particularly Islamic scholars and the Board which represent Muslims of all schools of Islamic jurisprudence before formulating any policy on the basis of this "unfounded and biased" part of the Law Commission report, Quraishi said.

Bureau Report

First Published: Saturday, August 08, 2009, 23:28

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