Shia Board’s Stress on Peace and Security During Muharram Events


The Uttar Pradesh government requested to make suitable security arrangements; UCC comes under criticism

Team Clarion

LUCKNOW – The All India Shia Personal Law Board has stressed the need to have peace and security during the upcoming Muharram events.

At a meeting here chaired by Maulana Syed Saeem Mehdi significant appeals were made regarding the upcoming Muharram observances and the ongoing debate over the Uniform Civil Code (UCC). The meeting brought together board officials, members, and the general secretary, Maulana Yasoob Abbas.

With Muharram set to begin on July 8, Chairman Maulana Syed Mehdi highlighted the importance of peaceful and secure observances. Addressing the gathering, he stated, “I appeal to the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath, to ensure that tazia processions and other Muharram events are conducted with customary security arrangements.” He also noted that since the Hindu ritual of Kanwar Yatra coincides with Muharram events, there was a need for heightened vigilance.

General Secretary Maulana Yasoob Abbas reiterated the significance of Muharram for the Shia community and the need for government support. “We have written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting better arrangements for the safety of pilgrims during processions and prayers. With 7 to 8 crore Shias in India, along with numerous Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, and people of other faiths participating, it is crucial to ensure their safety,” he emphasised.

The meeting also delved into the contentious issue of the Uniform Civil Code. Chairman Maulana Syed Mehdi criticised the central government’s approach, stating, “For two years, I have asked the government to explain the UCC to us before we can give our perspective. The Uttarakhand government’s approval of the UCC to please the central government will affect law and order in the country.”

Echoing these sentiments, Maulana Yasoob Abbas expressed concerns over the UCC’s impact on personal laws and religious freedoms. “The issue of the UCC is serious. Its implementation will interfere with our personal laws and rights. I urge the central government to revise this law, keeping in mind the principles of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, and Sabka Vishwas.'”

The dilapidated condition of buildings managed by the Hussainabad Trust was another point of concern. Maulana Yasoob Abbas voiced his frustration, saying, “These religious buildings are in dire need of attention. Their income is in crores, yet they suffer from neglect. The Uttar Pradesh government should focus on maintaining these buildings, dargahs, and imambaras in Lucknow.”

As Muharram approaches, the All India Shia Personal Law Board continues to advocate for both the preservation of religious practices and the protection of constitutional rights.

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