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?Female foeticide despicable?

EMINENT ISLAMIC scholar Maulana Rafiq Qasmi lashed out at the practice of female foeticide and said that under foreign influence couples are killing their daughters in the womb itself in this country also.

india Updated: Jan 23, 2006 15:04 IST

EMINENT ISLAMIC scholar Maulana Rafiq Qasmi lashed out at the practice of female foeticide and said that under foreign influence couples are killing their daughters in the womb itself in this country also.

He was addressing the gathering during the Women’s Ijtima at Moti Masjid on Sunday. ‘It is a highly despicable practice’, he said warning the society not to go against the will of God.

He further said that both men and women would have to bear the responsibility of protecting their children from Western influences. Maulana Qasmi said that girls should not be allowed to go out in scantily dressed clothes. Social and religious issues came up for discussion during the two-day meet that concluded today.

Addressing the gathering on the issue of ‘purdah’ Farzana Tabassum said that the woman should understand her value and her beauty is a treasure that is for her husband and not for all and sundry. She said the veil is no impediment in doing one’s job and in practical life.

Another scholar from Indore, Rabia Falahi spoke about life after death. Bushra Sahiba, who came from Sehore, urged the Muslims to avoid unnecessary expenditure during marriage and ceremonies like engagement, waleema et al.

She said that more consideration should be given to pay the amount of meher to the bride soon after marriage rather than such expenditures.

Firdaus Sahiba said that Quran should be read carefully and its teachings must be understood because it provides guidelines regarding all aspects of life. Shakila Bano spoke on the rights of husband and wife.

Earlier, Rabia Falahi said that women should desist from spending money on fashion because it puts a burden on the pocket of the husband. She said that superfluous rites and rituals should be avoided. Talat Khanam, who came from Chhindwara said that Islam gives freedom to women.

She regretted that some women are keeping away from religion, according to Anwar Safi of Shahadat-e-Hat Trust, in a release issued on Sunday. Hundreds of women attended the Ijtima.