Muslim religious, political leaders do not want to talk community truth

Source: Express India

I would say the Quran is compatible with the Constitution. There are as many versions of Shariah as there are sects in Islam

A recent decision by the Haji Ali Dargah management banning the entry of women evoked sharp criticism. The dargah trust said women could offer namaz, shawls and flowers but not enter the sanctum sanctorum. Noorjehan Safia Niaz, founder of Bhartiya Muslim Mahila Andolan (BMMA) that surveyed dargahs in Mumbai and brought the issue to the fore, talks about the movement in an interaction with The Indian Express. The movement that began in 2007 has a few thousand followers

ZEESHAN SHAIKH: What issues is BMMA taking up?

Noorjehan Safia Niaz: Employment, education, health, security of women, changes in law, there are many. These issues may not be new, but they are being taken up Muslim women.

We have seen that the state tends to ignore development of Muslim ghettos.

We are working to get the Sachar Committee report implemented.

Codification of Muslim law is another of our campaigns. Nobody is ready to touch this issue in the wake of the Shah Bano controversy. Muslim women are being divorced and modern technology is making it easy.

Then you have the issue of polygamy. There is no codified Muslim law like Hindu Marriage Act or Christian Act. Everything is left to the cleric to interpret. We feel just as there is a codified law for Hindus, there needs to be a comprehensive codified law for Muslims as well. The law should address issues such as how much mehr should be paid in a marriage and what do we do to tackle polygamy.

SWATEE KHER: What is your stand on uniform civil code?

NSN: We do not need a uniform civil code. As far as BMMA is concerned, we feel if Muslim personal law is reformed and codified, it should take care of a lot of things.

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