Sheikh Abubakr Ahmad, the newly elected Grand Mufti of India asserted that the tensions between India and Pakistan should be resolved through effective dialogues, not by bursting into war. He was speaking at a grand reception ceremony accorded to him yesterday in Kozhikode by religious and social leaders representing a different state of south India.
The UN should seriously concern aggressive militant movements of Pakistan and the prevalent issues have to come undertrials in the International court. the unjustifiable incursion of Pak extremists are should be unequivocally ceased. He noted that while two nuclear arsenals come closer into an abrupt war, its loss is unpredictable and moreover, the life of common people, especially women and children get more miserable. If India resolves the issue in entirely peaceful negotiations, instead of helping escalate grave concerns, that will be globally praised and accepted, he added.
He welcomed the significant move of Organisation of Muslim Countries(OIC), a powerful group of Muslim Majority nations, to invite India as ‘Guest of Honour’ to its Council of foreign ministers being convened in Abu Dhabi on the first two days of March this year, and he featured it as a gesture to bring back peaceful coexistence among south Asian neighbours. He urged that the OIC should give India full membership, as the country is the second largest in the world in terms of Muslim Population. It would help the governments being assumed in different tuners, to address Muslim oriented problems more authentically and with a global outlook and a thorough clarification.
The Grand Mufti demanded that, when it comes to resolutions of crucial bills or lawmaking that relates to various religious communities and minorities, the governments should seek opinions of their leaders and scholars. The terms like Fatwa and Mufti seems to have been subjected to misunderstanding and criticism by those who use religious doctrines for their political gains. This negative trend created by those who don’t know the fundamental values enshrined in religious principles and Fatwas, have fuelled upbringing of extremist movements in different parts of the world.
Actually, the Fatwas are made on treating and interpreting the issues in Muslim everyday life and its diverse contexts in the light of Islamic doctrines, in order to suggest solutions and to make life more easier. He made it clear that this position as Grand Mufti will be utilised by bringing out more educational and social progress in the various parts of the country. As part of it, a headquarters with advanced facilities will be set up in the capital. As it is an age where the Islamic Sharia confronts many threats, being a Mufti has been also riddled with many challenges. So, I believe that it is not an encounter with the modern system of lawmaking, but an effective combination that should be taken into consideration. In order to put into practice the healthy combination of these two streams of lawmaking, the proposed Fatwa board will include experts from both systems.