Muslim Body Files Affidavit In Response To SC’s Petition On Restrictions On Muslim Women Entering Mosques
The All India Muslim Personal Law Board told the Supreme Court that women were not prohibited from entering mosques under Islamic tenets. The AIMPLB was responding to a notice served by the SC on the petition filed by Yasmeen Peerzade and others.
SC petition on entry of Muslim women in mosques
Las October, the Supreme Court allowed a petition related to the restrictions over entering of Muslim women in mosques. The petition read that it was unconstitutional to restrict entry of women in mosques and it constituted a violation of their fundamental right to life, equality and gender justice.The petition asked the court that the Muslim women shouldn’t be treated with separate entries, exits and praying areas.
AIMPLB filed affidavit in response to the petition
It said that Islam permitted entry of women into mosques and that it wasn’t mandatory for them to attend Friday prayers or congregational prayers. It further said that there was no restriction on women and men praying together.
The board maintained that the court had no jurisdiction to restrain “fatwa”. It said that the sanctity of “fatwa” was based on the opinion based on the religious texts, doctrine and their interpretation. And restricting the “fatwa” would directly the right and freedom of belief.
Bigger bench of SC to hear the petition
The Supreme Court has constituted a 9-judge bench to give a legal opinion on discrimination against women in entering various religious places including in the Sabarimala temple in Kerala.