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Prominent Muslim Leaders Reject Instant Divorce Ruling

One of the most prominent bodies of Islamic scholars in India said that Indian Muslims will continue practicing instant divorce, despite the high court’s recent ban.

The Jamiat Ulama-i Hind, a leading group of Islamic scholars in India, said Wednesday that it rejects the Indian Supreme Court’s ban on the practice of triple Talaq, in which a man instantly divorces his wife by saying ‘Talaq’ three times, according to Scroll. The court banned the practice Tuesday and declared it unconstitutional and un-Islamic, but the prominent Islamic group said that banning the practice violated the religious rights of Muslims as espoused in the Indian constitution.

“If you want to punish the person for it, you can do so, but the divorce will be recognized,” said Jamiat’s General Secretary, Maulana Mahmood Madani. “Not only do we not agree with the judgment, we think this is a direct assault on the fundamental right to practice religion.”

The Islamic group was one of the defendants in Tuesday’s hearing, in which they responded to a petition from the Muslim Women’s Quest for Equality and defended the triple Talaq.

“The Jamiat Ulama-i Hind seeks to make it clear that we will never compromise on religious rights guaranteed in the Constitution as fundamental ones,” the group said in a statement. “Any attempt to trample upon that should not be condoned. We will continue to fight against such an attempt at every level.”

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