Now, a model nikahnama only for Shias
AFTER THE much-publicised ?model nikahnama? issued by All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) last year, the All India Shia Personal Law Board (AISPLB), headed by Maulana Mirza Mohammad Athar, has decided to come out with the ?new model nikahnama? for the Shia community. The board has already initiated the exercise and it would be released at the AISPLB annual conference in Mumbai on November 26.india Updated: May 30, 2006 01:11 IST
AFTER THE much-publicised ‘model nikahnama’ issued by All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) last year, the All India Shia Personal Law Board (AISPLB), headed by Maulana Mirza Mohammad Athar, has decided to come out with the ‘new model nikahnama’ for the Shia community.
The board has already initiated the exercise and it would be released at the AISPLB annual conference in Mumbai on November 26.
Maulana Athar told the Hindustan Times on Monday that he would be sending the draft nikahnama to Ayatollah Ali Al-Sistani (Iraq) for ratification. Thereafter, it would be vetted by the Indian Ulema and legal experts before release. He said the concept was in the initial stages. Athar said often girls and boys faced various problems after marriage and efforts would be made to minimise these problems. He said there was no question of shortcomings in the present document but it could further be improved. Athar said the AIMPLB nikahnama could not properly address the problems erupting after marriage.
However, it has evoked sharp criticism from rival factions. They have condemned the move, terming it as a “useless exercise”. Athar’s arch rival and people’s Democratic Front (PDF) chairman Maulana Kalbe Jawad said changes in the present nikahnama could only be done by the Marjai Taqlid (supreme religious authority) and not by a person who is not even mujtahid (a religious degree from either Iran or Iraq). Jawad said the present document was enough to serve all legal purposes.
Assailing the AISPLB, Jawad said there was a concerted drive to work against “Marjiyat” (the guidelines of supreme religious leaders either in Iran or Iraq). He said changes, if required, should come from grand religious authority. “We would not accept anything cooked up by local leaders, who have no authority”, the PDF chief commented. He said Athar should explain shortcomings in the present document before going ahead with his plan.
Another prominent Shia cleric Agha Roohi Abaqati said that AISPLB has nothing to do and hence, it launched the futile exercise of a model nikahnama. Roohi said the present nikahnama was a complete document and had there been any problem, the ulema in the past would have already rectified it. Roohi sarcastically said, “by such exercises, the AISLPB has been trying to make its presence felt in the community”. He said the board, during the last year, had done nothing worthwhile. He said talaq in Shia community was a difficult process, thus, there was no need for a new document. He said triple talaq crisis in the Sunni community had forced the AIMPLB to come out with the model nikahnama.