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"Attitude of the Government towards Muslims inappropriate"

Monday 6 November 2006

`Measures should be taken to end dissatisfaction of Muslim community’

LUCKNOW: The All India Shia Personal Law Board on Sunday urged the government to change its attitude towards Muslims as a false impression was being created about them.

Stating that in the present circumstances the attitude of the government towards the Muslims in India was inappropriate, the president of the Shia Law Board, Maulana Mirza Mohammad Athar, said the minority community was restless and measures should be taken to end their dissatisfaction.

Talking to newspersons, Maulana Athar derided the attempts to tarnish the image of the community by creating an impression that Muslims were anti-nationals and were involved in terrorist activities. The Maulana said the Board took strong exception to the indiscrimination against the minority community. He said the issue would be discussed in the second annual session of the Shia Law Board at Mumbai on November 26 next.

Maulana Athar said the model nikah-nama prepared by the Board gave Shia Muslim women the right to divorce their husband. He said this right had been denied to the women in the prevalent nikah-nama. He said the model nikah-nama had been approved by Hakim-i-Shara, Ayatollah Sistani of Iraq and legal experts.

He said the model nikah-nama would be presented before delegates at Shia Board’s upcoming Mumbai session.

Demanding representation of the Shias in government services in accordance with their population, the Maulana regretted that the government’s efforts in this direction was lacking.

Maulana Athar added that the Board would formulate a national policy for the Shias, which would lay stress on their commitment to their religion and loyalty to the country.

See online : The Hindu

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