New Delhi: Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) President Syed Sadatullah Husaini has said that the AIMPLB’s newly launched law journal will help in filling the communication gap between communities and in judicial reform and quick delivery of justice. Addressing a launching ceremony of All India Muslim Personal Law Board’s (AIMPLB) biannual ‘Journal of Law and Religious Affairs’ (JLRA) on Thursday here at the India International Centre, Mr. Husaini hoped that the journal would present the correct Muslim and Islamic perspective and the stand of the Islamic scholars on various issues involving Islam and Muslims.
AIMPLB’s bilingual journal was launched at a ceremony attended by Islamic scholars and luminaries including AIMPLB general secretary Maulana Khalid Saifullah Rahmani, JIH President Syed Sadatullah Husaini, Fatehpuri Jama Masjid’s Imam Mufti Mukarram Ahmad, Markazi Jamiat Ahle Hadees Hind’s General Secretary Maulana Asghar Ali Imam Mahdi, former Law and Justice Minister Kapil Sibal, Supreme Court advocate Sanjay Hegde and others. Its objectives are analyzing judicial rulings and their implications as well as introducing the Islamic jurisprudence and dispelling misconceptions about Sharia laws.
Speaking on the occasion, the JIH President has emphasised on initiating a serious dialogue between interfaith communities to solve various issues regarding Muslims in a highly diverse Indian society in the present situation of the country. He hoped that the journal would play an essential role in solving various problems.
Speaking about the need for a journal launched by the board, AIMPLB general secretary Maulana Khalid Saifullah Rahmani stated that respecting the judicial verdict was equally essential to analyze and understand the implications of judicial rulings.
Journal’s editorial board member M R Shamshad, a Supreme Court advocate, explained in detail the journal’s objective. One of the main objectives of the journal, he said, was to create awareness among the Ulema about the court orders and judgment that did not reach them. And the second objective was to bring the stand of the Ulema on various vital issues before the legal fraternity and the judiciary for a better understanding of different issues. Advocate Shamshad expressed the need for academic dialogue and discussion to understand them.
Fatehpuri Jama Masjid’s Imam Mufti Mukarram Ahmad wanted the board to raise issues about mob lynching, anti-Muslim violence like that in Tripura, and protests against ‘namaz’ in Gurgaon because ordinary Muslims were feeling helpless owing to the wave of Islamophobia in the country.
Referring to the present situation of communal polarization in the country, AIMPLB Vice President Dr. Syed Ali Mohammad Naqvi pointed out that the publication of the journal by AIMPLB was vital as it could help present the Islamic point of view in a proper perspective about various Muslim issues.
Stressing to the need to promote interfaith communication through AIMPLB’s journal, Advocate Sanjay Hegde said that one of the most significant reliance on law came in protest against the CAA passed by the central government.
Calling the decision of AIMPLB to launch the journal as historical, Senior advocate in Supreme Court and former union minister Kapil Sibal advised that the journal should focus on how the courts are interpreting the law and how the court decisions are implemented.
Former chairman of Delhi Minorities Commission Kamal Faruqui presented a vote of thanks, and Welfare Party of India president and AIMPLB member Dr. Syed Qasim Rasool Ilyas conducted the proceedings.