The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) on 10 September 2017 decided to constitute a committee comprising experts that would look into the method and process for undertaking large scale community reform program within the Islamic Sharia (Islamic law).
The board passed a resolution in this connection in its one-day-long marathon meeting that was held in Bhopal to discuss the way forward after Supreme Court of India recently adjudged the popular Islamic divorce practice of instant triple talaq as unconstitutional.
The committee would also be required to examine the apex court’s order and identify if there are any inconsistencies in the order with sharia. The board would be deciding their future course of action on whether or not to challenge the court’s verdict through a review petition on the basis of the committee’s report.
The Muslim Personal Board was of the opinion that even though instant triple Talaq is viewed as sinful, it is still considered valid. The board claimed that it has taken steps to discourage the practice through community reform programmes for a long time. The board had even issued a Model Form of Nikahnama about two decades ago and called for a social boycott of those who divorced their wives in one single sitting prior to the SC’s judgment.
The board had also filed an affidavit in order to discourage the practice on the ground by advising all Qazis, Imams and Maulvis to urge men/ bridegrooms to not pronounce three divorces in one sitting.
The board, however, expressed its displeasure over the submissions of the central government before the apex court in the case. It categorically stated that the Government had laid bare its intention in the form of the Attorney General's submissions in the Supreme Court that all forms of divorce without the intervention of the court should be declared as unconstitutional.
The board considers the central government’s stand as an attack on the personal law of Muslims and contrary to the protection guaranteed by the Constitution of India.