Ban on Cow slaughter appropriate: All India Shia Personal Law board

All India Shia Personal Law board (AISPLB) today in Lucknow said that a ban on cow slaughter is appropriate while it also said that the Ram Mandir Temple issue needs to be resolved via talks between different stakeholders.

Maulana Yasoob Abbas, AISPLB also said that when asked for fatwa from Ayatollah Sheikh Basheer Najafi (a prominent Shia cleric), who is in Iraq, the cleric said not to slaughter cows or eat beef.

“For us Shias, horses are considered an important animal and likewise cows are considered holy by the Hindus. Hence, we need to respect other religions as well. If due to the death of one cow, a hundred humans are killed, I think it is best to save that cow,” told Abbas to media house News18. The Shia group probably had the communal tensions in mind when it spoke on cow slaughter.

In 2012 as well many Muslim clerics especially led by prominent Shia leader Maulana Syed Kalbe Sadiq had asked Muslims to refrain from cow slaughter as a token of respect for the religious rights of the Hindus.

In the statement in 2012, Sadiq had said that:

“It is my appeal to Muslims to completely restrain from sacrificing the cow on the Eid-ul-Azha. India is our country and we should respect the feeling of Hindu brethren who are in the majority. A fatwa was issued for Shia Muslims after Independence in which sacrificing cow was prohibited in the country.”

All India Shia Personal Law board also endorsed a move to ban Triple Talaq. While Triple Talaq debate is going on a case has come to limelight from Hyderabad where a Muslim woman named Namin who was allegedly given divorce via a newspaper ad.

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