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60,000 women attend day 1 of Annual Sunni Muslim meet

Muslim girls should use mobile phones only to stay in touch when they are outside and not at home, said a Sunni leader at the 22nd Annual International Sunni Ijtema (Conference) organised by Sunni Dawat-e-Islami, an international organisation, at Azad Maidan, on Friday. Mugdha Variyar reports.

mumbai Updated: Dec 15, 2012 01:36 IST
Mugdha Variyar

Muslim girls should use mobile phones only to stay in touch when they are outside and not at home, said a Sunni leader at the 22nd Annual International Sunni Ijtema (Conference) organised by Sunni Dawat-e-Islami, an international organisation, at Azad Maidan, on Friday.

Issues related to women in the community were brought up on the first day, reserved only for women, of the three-day conference. The annual convention is known to be one of the biggest gatherings of Sunni Muslims in the country. "The conference is a community-building exercise and a platform to educate the community about the basics of Islam," said Mohammad Rizwan Khan, a member of the organisation. Chief Sunni jurist Mufti Nizamuddin Misbahi answered several queries put up by a congregation of more than 60,000 women that ranged from whether a woman can resort to abortion to whether girls should use mobile phones.

"Mobile phones should be used only when necessary to stay in touch with one's family when the girl is outside, but it could be misused if it is used at home because it is not necessary," the mufti said.

On the issue of abortion, he said that it should be the last option only if complications arise, and after 12 weeks, it would equate to killing a human being.

The mufti also asked women not to restrict their movements and chores due to myths about the eclipse.