Jesus said or did nothing to humanize the Mosaic laws of War or to abolish slavery or to raise the status of women or to restrict the existing polygamy. In Christianity, women is a temptress, blamed for the fall of man and the genesis of (original) sin (as in I Timothy 2: 11, 14; I Corinthians 11: 8, 10). St. John Damascene, a canonized saint of Christianity says: “Woman is a daughter of Falsehood, a sentinel of hell, the enemy of peace; through her Adam lost paradise.” On the other hand, Islam rejected “Original Sin”, cleared women, vindicated her honour and dignity, raised her status to make her man’s equal, exalted her position and impressed the sacredness of womanhood: Qur’an 2:228, 9: 71, 16: 89, 33: 35, and Hadith: “women are the twins –halves of men” and “paradise lies at the feet of the mother “says the prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.). Fourteen hundred years ago, Islam gave Women for the first time the right to inheritance of the property and wealth of her father and husband and to acquire, own and dispose of wealth as she wished. Without these economics rights she had no true freedom and dignity (Qur’an 4:7, 32). Qur’an further describes (30:21) women as a companion of her husband, an object of love and source of peace and solace to him (as he is to her), an equal and free partner (in sacred contract of marriage with the consent of both). No other religion contains the injunctions about the prevention and restraint of the carnal desires, evil instincts and worldly pleasures and about the protection of the chastity and character of women as are found in Islam: Dress decently, modestly (with only the face and hands open). Be never alone with a man, boy-friend or girl-friend in a room or private place. Do not play music because it leads to sex and so does alcohol which takes away the faculty of reason and is prohibited in Islam.
All India Muslim Personal Law Board has decided to hold its 20th General Convention in Mumbai on Sunday, April 22, 2012 5:00 pm. People are requested to attend 22nd General Session of Board and to see that it is successful.
Tahaffuze Shariah which was established forty years ago, now has plans to enter the arena of new challenges with and correct intention and renewed ambition, with constancy, steadfastness. This is because the Board has a fund of good wishes for Muslims, which is one of the defining characteristics of the ‘khaire ummah’ so that not only our society but the whole country may be illuminated with the light of Shariah.
RTE, Income Tax Law, Legacy Rule in Agricultural Property are new challenges facing the Board, and if Muslims of India in general and Muslims of Mumbai in particular stand by All India Muslim Personal Law Board in the same way as they did forty years back then the day is not much far when Muslims will obtain their lost position and leadership rather than languishing in the slather of victim hood. Insha’Allah!