All India Muslim Personal Law Board considers Madaris
(Institutions of Islamic Learning) are basic to the "protection of Islamic
Shariah" in India. Currently, Madaris are being insinuated and subjected to adverse
propaganda by vested quarters. The Board feels that the misconception and misgivings being
spread about Madaris need to be countered effectively. Keeping this object into
consideration, the Board constituted a committee named "Rabita Madaris Islamia
Committee" under the convenorship of Maulana Syed Salman Hussaini Nadwi in its
General Body meeting held on August 18, 2020.
The committee deliberated upon the strategy and prepared a framework
for effective protection of Deeni Madaris.
The Board took up discussion on the subject in its meeting held at
Hyderabad and decided to strengthen the movement to protect Deeni Madaris. Munger meeting
of the Board held on April 5-6, 2003 reiterated its earlier resolutions and decided to
take up the movement in an organised manner. The General Body meeting of the Board decided
to contact all Deeni Madaris of India and seek full details regarding the matter.
Maulana Syed Salman Hussaini wrote to the Deeni Madaris all over India
and requested them to provide full details about them. A form was especially prepared for
the purpose of gathering necessary details was also sent with the letter. The committee is
continuously working on this information collection work. In near future, the committee
shall formulate a comprehensive framework in the light of information collected by it.
Islam attaches great importance to Nikah. The Board
has been trying to resolve the emerging problems in respect of this important aspect of
family life in Islam. Therefore, the Board, in its meeting held at Mumbai on October
28-30, 1999, constituted a five-member committee under the convenorship of then President
Hazrat Maulana Qazi Mujahidul Islam Qasmi (Rahamatullah Aley) for drafting of a standard
The issue of a standard Nikahnama was discussed in various other
meetings of the General Body. Finally a draft of the Nikahnama was presented before the
meeting of the Board held at Bangalore on October 28-29, 2000. The draft was discussed and
returned to the committee for reformulation.
The Board is still endeavouring to formulate a standard Nikahnama which
may work towards resolution of problems arising in the contemporary Muslim society.
Therefore, the Board has reconstituted a five-member committee in its meeting held at
Lucknow on September 22, 2020. The convenor of the committee is Maulana Khalid Saifullah
Rahmani. The committee has been tasked to look into the earlier draft and finalise a
The committee has held several meetings and the finalised draft of the
Nikahnama shall be presented before the Board soon.
In January 2001, Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) again
started vitiating communal atmosphere of the country by announcing to construct Ram Mandir
at the site of Babri Masjid at Ayodhya. In the Kumbh Mela, the VHP convened "Dharam
Sansad" on January 19-20, 2001 and announce a one-year programme for starting
construction of Ram Mandir.
Hazrat Maulana Qazi Mujahidul Islam Qasmi, then President of the Board
called an emergency meeting of the Board's Executive Committee on January 21, 2020. The
Executive Committee constituted an eleven-member committee for Babri Masjid under the
convenorship of Dr. Syed Qasim Rasool Ilyas.
- A delegation of the Board met Ms. Mamta Banerjee, President, Trinmool Congress, to
discuss Babri Masjid issue on February 10, 2020.
- The committee held its first meeting on February 17, 2020 in which modus operandi was
- The committee held its second meeting at Lucknow on March 10, 2020 in which legal issues
relating to the Babri Masjid were discussed.
- A delegation of the committee met Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Mr.
Harkishan Singh Surjit on April 7, 2020.
- A delegation of the committee met Congress President Mrs. Sonia Gandhi.
The committee held its meeting on August 18, 2020. The meeting assessed
the work done so far. The committee decided to appeal to Indian Muslim community in
general and Muslim organisations in particular to hold seminars, symposia, to apprise
fellow citizens regarding restoration of Babri Masjid and viewpoint of Muslims on this
issue on the occasion of December 6- the day of demolition of Babri Masjid.
In pursuance to this decision a symposium on "Resolution of Babri
Masjid Issue: Need of the Hour" was organised at New Delhi on December 6, 2020.
On December 7, 2020 an important meeting of the committee was held at
New Delhi. The meeting decided to counter venomous propaganda launched by the Hindutva
forces. The meeting further decided to take appropriate steps counter VHP's proposed plan
to start construction of Ram Mandir at the site of Babri Masjid from March 12, 2020, and
to organise a conference on February 3, 2020 to apprise general public about the viewpoint
of the Board on Babri Masjid issue.
The committee met under the chairmanship of the Board's President on
February 9, 2020 to discuss legal issues involved in the issue. The committee met again on
March 3, 2020. The meeting discussed Shariah, legal and political aspects of the Babri
Masjid issue. A delegation of the Board met Shankaracharya Jayendra Saraswati under the
leader of its General Secretary Maulana Syed Nizamuddin on March 5, 2020.
The committee met again on March 9, 2020 to discuss formula proposed by
the Shankaracharya. On March 10, 2020, the committee again held a meeting along with the
The committee held a press conference to apprise about the outcome of
The committee is actively striving for restoration of Babri Masjid.