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
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,"
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.