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Are Muslims really a threat to Christmas celebrations?

There are some serious backlashes by the Muslim community against the celebration of this day which have sent some jitters in the global hub.

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Christmas is celebrated every year to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ
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NEW DELHI: The festival of Christmas is a considered to be a very auspicious day in the Christian society and also regarded to be a religious and cultural event for them. But with some serious backlashes by the Muslim community against the celebration of this day, have sent some jitters in the global hub. Many people have come forward with their own logic and agenda to downgrade this day.

Recently, Boxer Amir Khan faced the brunt of Muslim people for posting a picture of a Christmas tree meant for her daughter on his Twitter handle and thus became a victim of some derogatory remarks from the Muslim community. Some people came forward to defend his action but were outrun in number as compared to the one who unleashed their anger on him.

 

In Indonesia, hardline Islamists threatened to target Muslims wearing Santa hats during Christmas festival and issued a fatwa against Christmas. According to the group, to support any kind of Christmas attire is a direct violation of their human rights. The immediate results of their announcement could be seen in the Indonesian market, as there were only a handful of people came attired in Santa costume. The Islamists have also opposed the New year celebration and want the government to intervene for their cause.

Then, Britain’s biggest supermarket, Tesco got itself in a storm of controversies after they featured a Muslim family in their advertisement, meant for Christmas. Some people also lashed the supermarket for selling Halal meat in their stores.

 

The ISIS also issued a warning, in which they claimed to target the Christian markets and high streets on the day of Christmas. So, such declarations and protests do have a huge impact on the reputation of Muslim community and calls for a more open-ended discussion on these kinds of issues.

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For Plea Against Polygamy Supreme Court Takes Centre’s Response

personal laws must meet the test of constitutional validity and constitutional morality

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The Supreme Court on Wednesday sought a response from the Centre on a fresh plea that challenged the constitutional validity of the practice of polygamy and ‘nikah halala’ among Muslims in India.
The Supreme Court on Wednesday sought a response from the Centre on a fresh plea that challenged the constitutional validity of the practice of polygamy and ‘nikah halala’ among Muslims in India. Flickr

The Supreme Court on Wednesday sought a response from the Centre on a fresh plea that challenged the constitutional validity of the practice of polygamy and ‘nikah halala’ among Muslims in India.

A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud issued the notice to the Centre and tagged the plea with similar petitions pending before it.

The fresh plea filed by Women Resistance Committee Chairperson Nazia Ilahi Khan, a practicing advocate at the Calcutta High Court, has challenged the practice of polygamy, ‘nikah halala’, ‘nikah mutah’ (temporary marriage among Shias) and ‘nikah misyar’ (short-term marriage among Sunnis) on the grounds that these were violative of the Constitution’s Articles 14, 15 and 21.

Under ‘nikah halala’, if a Muslim woman after divorce by her husband three times on different instances, wants to go back to him, she has to marry another person and then divorce the second husband to get re-married to her first husband.

“Declare the dissolution of the Muslim Marriages Act, 1939 unconstitutional and violative of Articles 14, 15, 21 and 25 of the Constitution in so far as it fails to secure for the Indian Muslim women the protection from bigamy which has been statutorily secured for Indian women from other religions,” said her plea filed through advocate V.K. Biju.

The apex court has been hearing pleas filed by Sameena Begum, Nafisa Khan, Moullium Mohsin and BJP leader and advocate Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay on the issue.

Article 14 guarantees equality before law, Article 15 prohibits discrimination on the grounds of religion, race, caste, sex or place of birth and Article 21 guarantees protection of life and personal liberty.

Telling the court that though different religious communities are governed by different personal laws, Upadhyay had contended that “personal laws must meet the test of constitutional validity and constitutional morality in as much as they cannot be violative of Articles 14, 15, and 21”.

Pointing to the “appalling” affect of polygamy and other such practices on the Muslim women, senior counsel Mohan Parasaran had earlier told the apex court that the 2017 judgment holding instant ‘triple talaq’ as unconstitutional had left these two issues open and did not address them.

Polygamy, Man along with his 5 wives
Polygamy, Man along with his 5 wives. Flickr

A five-judge Constitution Bench headed by then Chief Justice J.S. Khehar (since retired), by a majority judgment in 2017, had said: “Keeping in view the factual aspect in the present case, as also the complicated questions that arise for consideration in this case (and, in the other connected cases), at the very outset, it was decided to limit the instant consideration to ‘talaq-e-biddat’ or triple talaq.

Also read: Goa Common Civil Code forbids neither Oral Divorce nor Polygamy among Muslims: Governor

“Other questions raised in the connected writ petitions, such as polygamy and ‘nikah halala’ (and other allied matters), would be dealt with separately. The determination of the present controversy may, however, coincidentally render an answer even to the connected issues.” (IANS)