The Jammu and Kashmir High Court Bar Association had convened a meeting of Prominent Religious Scholars, Preachers and leaders
The Jammu and Kashmir High Court Bar Association had convened a meeting of Prominent Religious Scholars, Preachers and leaders on 23.11.2013, in which besides all the Executive Members of the Bar Association, the representatives of Jamati-Islami, Jamaet-i-Ahli Hadees and Ahli Sunnat-wal-Jamaat participated.
The meeting had been called by the Bar Association to discuss the course of action to be followed by the Bar in respect of the virdict of the High court in case titled Sanjay Tikoo versus State and others wherein the court besides other things has held that there is only one “ism” viz “Indianism” which has to survive in India and all other “isms” have to disappear from the firmament of the country called India.
In the meeting the judgment of the court was discussed threat bear and all the participants expressed that the judgment impinges on the rights of the people to profess, propagate and practice their faith and belief freely. All the participants were of the view that every person is born Muslim and as such, he has to submit to the will of Allah irrespective, of where he was born. It was also stated that interms of Quranic mandate, Allah has created, all male and female and has made them into nations and tribes so that they are known to each other and the most honourable amongst them is only the one, who is pious. It was also stated that the belief and faith of a Muslim is not dependent on any nationhood or subject to any man made law and that that a Muslim is ordained only to follow what Almighty Allah has sent to him through his messenger Prophet Mohammad (PBUH). It was also stated that since the judgment of the High court is contrary to the basic Islamic tenets, as such the Bar should immediately file an Appeal against the judgment before the appropriate forum.
The representatives of the religious organization who participated in the meeting, on their part assured the members of the Bar Association that they will also take up the matter with their respective heads of their organizations and will apprise the people about its fall out very shortly.
In view of the consensus arrived at, in the meeting the Bar Association will now file the Appeal before the High Court on the grounds available to it under Personal Law and other laws on the subject.
Mohammad Ashraf Bhat,
J&K High Court Bar Association.