Triple talaq: Vice President’s wife Salma Ansari urges Muslim women to read Quran
Her views on triple talaq come at a time when there is a nationwide debate over the practice.india Updated: Jun 12, 2017 16:22 IST
Vice-president Hamid Ansari’s wife Salma Ansari said uttering ‘talaq’ thrice does not amount to divorce and asked Muslim women to read the Quran thoroughly instead of relying on clerics.
Salma Ansari’s views on triple talaq come at a time when there is a nationwide debate on the practice and the validity of triple talaq, ‘nikah halala’ and polygamy practices among Muslims challenged in the Supreme Court.
“Triple talaq is not an issue. There can be no ‘talaq’ (divorce) just because someone utters talaq, talaq, talaq,” she told reporters on the sidelines of a function here on Saturday.
Salma said women can find an answer to their questions in the Quran itself.
“If you’ve read the Quran then you can find the solution there itself. There is no such rule in Quran. They have just made it up. There is no such thing. You read the Quran in Arabic and don’t read the translation. You accept whatever the Maulana (clerics) or the Mulla says. You must read the Quran, read Hadis. Just see what Rasool had said,” she said.
Women must have the courage to read the Quran by themselves and introspect what’s written in it and gain knowledge about it, she said.
Emphasising women should not blindly follow anyone, she said: “They (women) can be easily misguided if they don’t read the Quran.”
In December 2016, the Allahabad high court had called the practice of triple talaq ‘unconstitutional,’ triggering a debate on continuation of the practice.
The Union government has said it wants to replace it with a new uniform civil code applicable to all religious groups.
But that proposal has met stiff opposition from Muslim groups, who argue that it would discriminate against them.
The All India Muslim Personal Law Board has asserted that triple talaq is a religious issue in which the court should not intervene.
The board recently told the apex court that the pleas challenging such practices among Muslims were not maintainable as the issues fell outside the realm of judiciary.
The board had also said that the validity of Mohammedan Law, founded on the Quran and sources based on it, cannot be tested on the particular provisions of the country’s constitution.
Spiritual head of the Ajmer Sharif dargah Zainul Abedin Khan last week said triple talaq is against Sharia.
“As it is inhuman, anti-Islamic and against the gender equality, it should be shunned without any further delay”, he suggested.
(With agency inputs)
First Published: Apr 09, 2017 12:00 IST