The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), on Thursday, Aug 5, objected to the marriages between Muslims and Non-Muslims, terming it as “regretful” & “unfortunate” practices. The AIMPLB’s acting General Secretary, Maulana Khalid Saifullah Rehmani, issued a document which stated guidelines and directives for the parents, guardians, representatives of Mosques & Madrassas who need to inculcate Islam approved practices in their young wards and stop inter-religion marriages.
“Islam does not consider marriage between a Muslim and a non-Muslim who are plythesists, as valid. Even if it appears to be valid by societal standards, it is not considered legal in the eyes of Sharia,” stated Rehmani in the document.
The AIMPLB gave it’s rationale behind it’s appeal, stating that inter-religious marriages lead to tremendous hardships to the Muslim spouse or even lose their lives in some cases. The contentious and controversial pitch in the document revealed some irrational rationale which does not seem to remain immune from societal criticism.
“Due to co-working spaces, lack of religious teaching and nurturing from parents, a number of inter-religion marriages with non-Muslims are taking place. We have come across several such cases where Muslim girls who went away with non-Muslim boys, have later had to face tremendous hardships or even lose their lives. This is why we have issued an appeal for parents, guardians and responsible pillars of our society to stay vigilant and help young boys and girls” said AIMPLB.
The appeal to parents includes one to remain cautious about use of mobile phones by their children. The appeal also stated to avoid admitting their children, especially, their girls in a co-education schools.
After parents, the appeal is also made to the religious organizations, activists, social workers, etc. to meet such youngsters who have chosen the “momentary passion” of inter-religious marriage. Further, it stated that when a notice of such inter-religious marriages are put up outside the marriage registry, every part of the society must involve in dialogue with the such children who are opting in for an inter-religious marriage for their fit of passion.
“Generally when such marriages take place, a notice is put up outside the marriage registry office with their names. It is an appeal to religious organisations, social workers, madrasa teachers and other responsible citizens, to visit the homes of these youngsters to motivate them against falling into a fit of passion. Not just after death but in life, too, such marriages of momentary passions are falling apart,” stated Rehmani in his appeal to Muslim society.
The document issued by AIMPLB also appealed to the parents of Muslim children, especially girls, to not delay the marriage of their children profoundly as it is possibly a root cause of many problems.