Kolkata: Following the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the practice of Triple Talaq as unconstitutional, Muslim cleric Moulana Ahmed Barkati called the judgement an “unparalleled and unique” decision “in light of the Indian Muslims’ misuse of triple talaq”.
He also reassured that the decision is neither a disappointment to the Muslim men and women, nor interference on the Shariat.
Barkati denounced the instant nature of divorce as having no relation to the religion of Islam and educated Muslims, further explaining that the Prophet of Islam has pronounced triple talaq to be “the most wrong thing which should only be used after a conscious thought by both parties.”
“There are only pros, and no cons to this decision, because the Muslims have made a mockery out of divorce and out of Islam as well- getting drunk and announcing divorce is not the right way. Divorce is a decision that should be taken after a conscious thought, and after a discussion between both husband and wife. In my visits to the Muslim countries of Saudi Arabia and Bangladesh, I have never seen this way of divorce,” he told ANI.
The Muslim cleric who dubbed it a wrong practice, said he speaks from his 30-35 years of experience as a Shahi Amaam (Royal priest) and a scholar of Islam.
Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court struck down the practice of Triple Talaq as ‘unconstitutional’ by a 3:2 majority.
The five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) J.S. Khehar, deciding on the verdict, was seemingly split on the legality of the practice.