The All India Muslim Personal Law Board has issued 11-point guidelines, asking the community to have a normal marriage after a woman commits suicide due to dowry.
A leading Muslim organization in India has issued new guidelines to ask the community to stop dowry and extramarital affairs after a woman recently committed suicide due to “dowry harassment”.
The 11-point guidelines issued last week called on the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) to refrain from claiming dowry and to take an “oath” to keep the marriage ceremony simple without “unwarranted conduct, customs and illegal activities”.
The EIMPLB is widely regarded as the representative of India’s Muslims, who make up more than 14 percent of India’s 1.3 billion population.
The body’s guidelines are published in a document signed by AIMPLB chairman Maulana Rabe Hasan Nadvi for Muslims to sign and follow.
The move comes after a Muslim woman in the western Indian state of Gujarat committed suicide by drowning herself in a river after her husband and mother-in-law physically abused her with a dowry.
Her suicide sparked a nationwide debate about the social evils associated with marriage between Muslims and other communities.
The All India Muslim Personal Law Board’s Social Reform Committee has launched a 10-day-long All India Campaign on Simple Marriage from March 27 to April 2021. (1/3)
– All India Muslim Personal Law Board (@IMPLB_Official) March 25, 2021
AIMPLB said it has launched a 10-day campaign to educate community members across the country and raise awareness against such accidents.
During the campaign, Muslim scholars and leaders will emphasize glorious marriages in accordance with Islamic customs and reduce the cost of marriages.
The new guidelines ban wedding processions, fireworks, dances and lavish ceremonies, calling them anti-Islamic. It only allows “Dawat-i-Walima” to serve the groom’s family after the wedding ceremony is over.
The Muslim organization said that the invitations to this national event should be extended to the poor and needy members of the community.
AIMPLB secretary Maulana Umrin Mahfuz Rahmani said it would not be fair to say that measures were being taken suddenly to stop social evils like dowry.
“The Muslim Personal Law Board has been working for many years to bring about good change in the society and to motivate Muslims to stop bad habits and customs. As a matter of marriage, it has been working for years to prevent the bad habits associated with it, ”he told the Anadolu Agency.
Rahmani said Muslim marriages in India are rarely organized in mosques. But now a good change is taking place and there are a lot of marriages in mosques and many un-Islamic ceremonies are over, he added.
Despite the changes, she said, the “painful aspect” is that many poor women are still unmarried because their families cannot afford to spend a lot of money.
“There are many more who are suffering as dowry demands continue and after marriage and the girl’s husband and her family are pressuring her to bring more dowry,” she said.
“Many girls commit suicide because they cannot bear the physical and mental harassment. A new guideline has been created to address all these issues and it is being worked on across the country. ”
Rahmani said AIMPLB members are all over the country. “They include well-known Muslims from a section of the Indian Muslim community, such as religious leaders, lawyers, politicians, scholars and other professionals. They have been asked to work on it in their respective areas, ”he said.
“After the Friday prayers on the last three Fridays, there were discussions and debates in the mosques and the loss of dowry and mega weddings was explained to the people. People look around the mosque for prayers [prayers] Dowry and excess are being asked to be avoided. ”
Jafriab Jilani, a prominent member of the AIMPLB, emphasized the Islamic idea that marriage was a contract.
“Our effort is to get married [marriage] It is easy and simple for the people, ”he said.
“We want them to avoid wasting money on weddings so that they can set a good example to society.”