Srinagar, Mar 15, KNT: Muttahida Majlis-e-Ulema (MMU) Jammu & Kashmir, headed by incarcerated Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, deeply regretted the decision of Karnataka High Court regarding the issue of female students wearing hijab to educational institutions, saying that “hijab is not essential to Islam”.
Terming it twisted, MMU said it is an interference in religious matters of Muslims and the Muslim personal law.
Majlis-e-Ulema said that this one-sided decision of the court adversely affects the right to education of Muslim women who want to continue their studies while wearing the hijab or veil, and in this way, so many of our daughters will be deprived of the fundamental right to education. The wearing of a veil by these girls in no way undermines the rights of other students or causes them or the institution any inconvenience, so the issue in itself is a nonissue.
MMU said that veil or purdah are part of Islam as ordained by the Qur’an for Muslim women; however, there is no compulsion on its use. Muslim students who continue their studies while wearing hijab or veil have every right to do so and this action and decision while being admirable, should be respected.
The religious understanding of Islam and its tenets by the eminent judges is unsound and misleading, the statement said, adding that therefore, the leadership of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) should challenge this decision of the Karnataka court in the Supreme Court of India and take steps to achieve justice and supremacy of truth.
MMU said that for the past some years now, it is becoming evident that the rights of India’s largest minority, the Muslims, are being subverted and there is a deliberate attempt to interfere in their religious practices and challenge them which is very concerning and disconcerting.
Muttahida Majlis-e-Ulema said a meeting will also be convened soon to review all the relevant aspects in this regard, the statement added.
It should be noted that the Muttahida Majlis-e-Ulema includes the organizations like, Anjuman Auqaf, Jamia Masjid Srinagar, Darul Uloom Rahimiyah Bandipora, Mufti Azam’s Muslim Personal Law Board, Anjuman-e-Shari’a Shian, Jamiat Ahl-e-Hadith, Jamaat-e-Islami, Karvaan-e-Islami, Ittehad-e-Muslimeen, Anjuman Himaayat-ul-Islam, Anjuman Tabligh-ul-Islam, Jamiat-e-Hamdaniya, Anjuman Ulema-e-Ahnaf, Dar-ul-Uloom Qasmia, Dar-ul-Uloom Bilalia, Anjuman Nusrat-ul-Islam, Anjuman Mazhar-ul-Haq, Jamiat-ul-Aima Wal Ulema, Anjuman Aima Wa Mashaaikh Kashmir, Darul Uloom Naqshbandiya, Darul Uloom Rashidiya, Ahlul Bayt Foundation, Madrasa Kanz-ul Uloom, Peerwaan-e-Wilayat, Auqaf Islamia Khurram Sirhama, Bazm-e-Tawheed Ahle Hadith Trust, Anjuman Tanzeem Al Makatib, Muhammadi Trust, Anjuman Anwarul Islam, Karvaan-e-Khatm-e-Nabuwat, Anjuman Ulema Wa Aima Masaajid, Falah Dareen Trust Welfare Society Islamabad and many smaller religious, social and educational associations.