National meet of top Muslim panel begins today; Ghar Wapsi on agenda

The 24th National Executive Meet of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board, an apex body of Muslims, will begin here on Friday to discuss challenges and issues pertaining to the Muslim personal laws.

Jaipur: The 24th National Executive Meet of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board, an apex body of Muslims, will begin here on Friday to discuss challenges and issues pertaining to the Muslim personal laws.

The meet is scheduled to discuss the recent 'Ghar Wapsi' programme by Hindu organisations and Rajasthan government's order to make Surya Namaskar compulsory in schools.

Other issues like ban on beef by Maharashtra government would also be taken up by the participating delegates, a senior representative of the body said on Thursday.

"Several issues including Ghar Wapsi programme will be raised and discussed in the meeting. Besides, Rajasthan government's directive to make Surya Namaskar mandatory in schools will also be a part of the agenda," assistant general secretary Mohammad Abdul Rahim Qureshi told a news agency over phone from Hyderabad.

He said that the executive committee will also have deliberations on central laws which needed to be repealed.

The meet will begin today at Jamea tul Hidaya and sessions will continue till March 21, after which there will a public meeting on March 22 evening.

The huge public meeting, which is estimated to be attended by nearly one lakh people, will take place at Karbala ground.

Qureshi said coordinators of the board will present their reports in the meeting which will be discussed in sessions.

He said that the issue of ban on beef may also be discussed if someone raises the issue but economic aspects associated with the matter would be discussed.

"The decision of ban on beef is not related with personal law. There are certain financial aspects which would be discussed in the meeting," he said.

Maulana Fazlur Rahim, chairman of the organising committee and head of Jamea tul Hidaya, Jaipur, said members of the community across the state have been asked to participate in the public meeting in large numbers.

For this, he said volunteers were holding small meetings in towns, streets, mosques to create awareness about the event.

He said that Muslim scholars from different parts of the country would be attending the event. 

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