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Fatwa against Sania meaningless

"The uniform civil code was against Islam and hence it should be abolished," the Maulana said.

india Updated: Feb 02, 2006 09:58 IST

Rubbishing the reported fatwa against Sania Mirza's on-court attire, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board on Wednesday said it does not come under the purview of Muslim personal law.

"Every sports has its specific dress code and it does not come under the purview of the Muslim personal laws," AIMPLB General Secretary Maulana Nizamuddin told a news agency in Lucknow.

"Fatwas on such issues carry no meaning," he said referring to an edict issued by a Muslim cleric some time back against Mirza's dress while playing on court.

Following the meeting of its Islah-e-ma'ashra (Reforms in Muslim society) committee on Tuesday, the Board also demanded abolition of Article 44 of the Constitution pertaining to uniform civil code.

"The uniform civil code was against the spirit of the Islam and hence it should be abolished," the Maulana said.

"As long as this article remained in the Constitution, there would be a possibility that it could be enforced one day. It should either be abolished or Muslims should be exempted from it," he said.

Nizamuddin said the Muslim personal laws were governed by the 'Shariat' and no one could make any change in them.

The Maulana said that the meeting was attended by 70 odd participants who expressed serious concern at the social evils that had crept in the Muslim society.

The issues that came up for discussion at the meeting included lavish expenditure during nikah, demand for dowry, divorce and girls education besides others.

The maulana said the Board would launch a programme to eradicate the social evils from the Muslim society.

First Published: Feb 02, 2006 09:58 IST