SP, AIMIM miffed over HC verdict on women’s entry to Haji Ali inner sanctum
The trust defended the ban saying that the entry of women in close proximity to the tomb of a male saint is seen as a grievous sin in Islam.mumbai Updated: Aug 26, 2016 14:06 IST
The Samajwadi Party (SP) has expressed displeasure over the High Court verdict on the entry women in the inner Sanctum of the famed Haji Ali Dargah. The AIMIM, too, says that it was issue between the management and the protesting women and Islam should not be dragged in it.
The ban was imposed in 2012 by the Haji Ali Dargah Trust citing religious traditions. The trust defended the ban saying that the entry of women in close proximity to the tomb of a male saint is seen as a grievous sin in Islam.
According to SP President (Maharashtra) Abu Azmi, it was an interference in the Muslim personal law. “Women are not being disallowed but there is just a certain restriction which is according to Islam. The trust has some powers and have utilised them,” said Azmi. He said the verdict would be challanged in the superior courts.
The trust had created separate arrangements for women to walk up to a certain point from where they can offer prayers.
The AIMIM says the best people to answer would be the managament of the Haji Ali Dargah. “The AIMIM as a party has nothing to do with the individual decisions taken by the management and even the protests which took place some months ago had our party members protesting in their personal capacity. It is a verdict given to a single dargah and hence the management has to decide the next course of action,” said Imtiyaz Jaleel, AIMIM legislator.