[Vice President of India Hamid Ansari and wife Salma Ansari in a file photo.]
Aligarh: Salma Ansari, wife of Vice-President of India Hamid Ansari, Saturday openly supported the Muslim women victims of triple talaq (concurrent divorce) saying the practice is against the Islamic principles and also urged them to refrain from blindly following clerics.
“There is nothing like this in Qura'n, people have unnecessarily made an issue out of this. The women who are speaking on it haven’t even read it,” she said while talking to reporters after participating in a programme at Chacha Nehru Madarsa run by Aligarh's Al Noor charitable society.
“Even if they read the Qura'n, they do it in Arabic, without actually understanding its real intent. Whatever the Maulanas tell them, they take it for granted. The women should be brave enough to read the Quran themselves and should not believe everything blindly,” she added.
Differences over practice of triple talaq exist in the Islamic Sharia since the tenure of second Caliph Omar (RA). Muslim scholars and jurists argue that concurrent talaq or triple talaq in one go has never been approved by Prphet Mohammad (peace be upon him), during the tenure of first Caliph Abu Bakr (RA) and the first two years of Caliph Omar's caliphate.
Caliph Omar later approved it as punishment, scholars argue, but later on the practice was annulled by Muslim jurists. It is on this basis, the practice of concurrent talaq has been termed invalid in most of the Muslim countries. (Read more about Triple Talaq by clicking here.)
Muslims in India, majority of them followers of Hanafi school of thought, are adamant on the invalid concurrent talaq and are fighting a case with women activists in the Supreme Court.
Interestingly, some renowned Hanafi scholars have also ruled against concurrent or triple talaq. According to the sources in the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), the members fear that agreeing to any change on triple talaq would open floodgate of interference in other Sharia matters.
It is also learnt that there is a strong dissent among the members of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMLB) and especially some women members are upset over board's handling of the situation.