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Kerala Muslim leader warns against meddling in Shariah

Posted by jagoindia on February 12, 2009


Muslim leader warns against meddling in Shariah
Gulf Times, Qatar – 19 Jan 2009
By Ashraf Padanna

KOZHIKODE, Kerala: A senior Islamic scholar has urged the Muslim community to resist moves to amend India’s Muslim Personal Law that is based on the tenets of Shariah.

Delivering the keynote address at the Grand 31st Anniversary Conference and the 14th Convocation of the Markazu Ssaquafathi Ssunniyya at Karanthur on the outskirts of Kozhikode, Sheikh Aboobacker Ahmad alias Kanthapuram said Shariah is timeless and nobody would be allowed to dabble in its basic tenets.

“It is the decree of Allah, the Almighty,” Kanthapuram who heads the Markazu said.

“Islamic Shariah is built on the edifice of the Holy Qur”an, Prophet’s Sunnah and the perception and perspectives commonly shared by scholars all over the world. No government, commission or any other system can change or alter it. It is unalterable, perennial and fit to survive all the time and it will withstand the challenges of all ages.”

The Kerala Law Reforms Commission recently recommended several changes in the Muslim Personal Law, including conditions for allowing polygamy, limits to having more than two children and succession rights.

Kanthapuram said it was a ploy by certain people with vested interest to spread the canard that Islamic principles are outdated and should be revamped.

“It is aimed at de-sensitising the Muslim community,” he said. “The government, the judiciary and the media should not give in to this vicious propaganda. It’s only the prerogative and privilege of religious scholars to issue fatwa and give the final word on issues of Islamic Shariah. Non-religious people are advised not to interfere in the religious matters and wreck the prevailing communal amity in the country.”

The scholar who heads one of India’s leading Islamic institutions, warned against the malicious attempts to take the community for a “materialist ride by re-orienting and reshaping the religious principles, mores and beliefs to suit their vested interests.”

“The campaign for population control in order to alleviate poverty is a case in point in this regard. It is an unsavoury and unscientific concept that poverty can be wiped out by population control through stifling the right to birth. Poverty can be alleviated only by generating more jobs and ensuring just and equitable distribution of natural resources,” he said.

He urged the authorities to ensure that all sections of the society get their constitutional rights and privileges so that they do not espouse extremist thoughts.

He also protested against the Israeli attacks on Gaza saying the Jewish state was crossing all limits and denying the basic rights and privileges of the Palestinians to live in their homeland. He called upon the UN and the international community to do whatever it takes to bring an end to the bloodshed.

“We have to stand united. Unity does not mean the merging of organisations,” he said. “The ulema have to take a solemn pledge to stamp out the elements of evil and be the symbols of all great deeds. We can definitely have progress and prosperity in all walks of life by upholding the principles of Sunnath Jamaath.” Kanthapuram urged the scholars to do their bit in spreading the message of peace, universal brotherhood and Islamic fraternity, particularly in an increasingly polarised world.

A number of scholars and leaders from India and abroad, including Overseas Indian Affairs Minister Vayalar Ravi, Kerala Assembly Speaker K Radhakrishnan, Kerala Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, Former chief minister Oommen Chandy, Industry Minister Elamaram Kareem, Forest Minister Binoy Vishwam, and former ministers Aryadan Mohamed and K E Ismail addressed the three-day conference that concluded here on Sunday with a massive public meeting that lasted 12 hours.

One Response to “Kerala Muslim leader warns against meddling in Shariah”

  1. beena said

    No surprise here. Another pig-headed Islamic fundamentalist, this Aboobaker.

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