Decree controversy: Civil society activists seek abolition of CII

Demand govt to remove CII Chairman Maulana Muhammad Khan for what they call his ‘misogynist and inhuman mindset’.

Our Correspondent March 15, 2014
CII Chairman Maulana Muhammad Khan Sheerani. PHOTO: PID

ISLAMABAD:


Civil society activists have demanded that the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) be abolished to avoid controversies related to interpretation of religious matters. 


They rejected a decree issued by the CII that “Islam does not prohibit underage marriage (Nikkah)”.

They demanded that the government removed CII Chairman Maulana Muhammad Khan Sheerani for what they called his ‘misogynist and inhuman mindset’.

“We have more than sufficient Islamic and constitutional arguments and evidence to strongly back our position, both against polygamy and early marriage. Since a case of the Women’s Action Forum is still sub-judice in the Shariat appellate bench of the Supreme Court, the CII deliberately made the inflammatory statement which is contempt of court,” said a statement issued by civil society organisations.

Human right activist Dr Farzana Bari said that the CII always remained a controversial body and issued illogical statements. She said that “this is modern age and we must follow accordingly, but unfortunately the body has an old mindset which interprets through its mindset. There is no need of the CII and it should be abolished as we have a constitution and that is enough.’’.

She regretted that Islam was being ‘misinterpreted’ by a particular school of thought.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 15th, 2014.

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Moiz Omar | 6 years ago | Reply | Recommend

@Observer: I agree with what you just said. I'm for a secular Pakistan.

Ahmed | 6 years ago | Reply | Recommend

I totally agree with Malik you can have premarital relation even if you are 14 and some of my classmates were having them at that age but you cannot get married... how absurd can this get... Islam advices parents to marry children with their consent at early ages... (obviously not with a five year old that would be absurd).. practically saying I would be happy to marry my children at 18 years of age... lastly civil society can go take a hike they have not contributed anything meaningful to our society... all these women like Farzana Bari and the lawyer one are good for cocktail parties... remember people these are the people who feed poor thinking how soft hearted they are although many in our society help out people and don't even think they have done a philanthropist work...

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