Thursday, January 16, 2014

Will not perform Nikah of Dowry seekers: Imams of Bihar resolve

Patna: Idara-e-Sharia of Bihar and Jharkhand has supported the move of Idara Imarat-e-Sharia of Bihar and Jharkhand a move to curb dowry in Muslisms. , Phulwari Sharif. Imarat-e-Sharia branch of District Nalanda has announced that its imams will not perform Nikah of dowry takers of givers.
Imarat-e-Sharia Nalanda took the decisive step to curb the sinister trend of taking dowry at the time of Nikah which is completely against the tenants of Islam, which prescribes ‘Mehr’ for bride and is given by bride groom while dowry is given by the side of bride and received by bride groom side.
The Imams, under the Imarat branch of this district resolved not to conduct Nikah ceremony of those who give or take dowry. The decision was announced by Qazi Mansoor Aalam after a meeting of Imams of the district in the last week.
It may be noted that curse of dowry in Bihar has become an open rule and has ruined many families. With household goods, huge amount of cash is also demanded according to the status or expected income of the bride groom. Virtually bridegroom employed on lucrative position is virtually auctioned through mediators.
Alarmed over the rising un-Islamic trend, the body of Imams of the district took this decision as a last resort after all persuasion and sermons against the lust for dowry fell on deaf ear.
"We have decided not to conduct Nikah for those who take or give dowry," said Qazi Maulana Mansur Alam, who heads Imarat-e Sharia of Biharsharif’s district branch in Nalanda.
"It is a historic move to discourage dowry and create awareness. It is a kind of social boycott to warn dowry takers," he said.
Alam said that after this decision is successfully implemented in Nalanda, about 100 km from Patna, they would request Imams of other districts across Bihar to start similar campaigns.
The Muslim community across the masalik, has welcomed the move.
"It is a positive step to counter increasing dowry and create awareness. I am ready to help and support such a move," said Ghulam Rasool Baliyavi, head of Edara-e-Sharia, Patna founded by Maulana Arshadul Qadri.
"At last, someone has raised a voice against dowry among Muslims...," said Haji Mohd Shafiullah Khan, a retired railway official and now a social worker in Gewal Bigha in Gaya district.
Shafiullah Khan pointed out there is no concept of dowry in Islam and it was unfortunate that Muslims in Bihar are extensively practicing the un-Islamic concept and feel proud for.
"It is only in Islam that at the time of the Nikah, the groom gives away to bride some money or anything else material like ornaments etc to the bride known as 'Mehr', which is a token of his willingness to accept the responsibility of bearing all expenses of his wife," Khan said. Islam also rests all responsibilities of wife on the husband. According to Islamic jurisprudence, a woman has a right to get property or money from her husband at time of Nikah as 'Mehr'.
Irshad ul Haque, a Dalit Muslim activist, said that reports of increasing dowry trends among Muslim are a major challenge today. "Dowry is no more a social evil of the Hindu society alone. It has already created trouble in the Muslim society," he said.

Haque said that dowry has badly affected poorest of the poor Muslims, particularly Dalit Muslims. "The decision...not to conduct Nikah of those taking dowry should be emulated by others," he said.

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