Rajasthan gets first woman Qazis

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 09 Feb 2016 15:06:03

Afroz Begum (right) and Jahan Aara who became the first women Qazis in Rajasthan after completing a two-year training course from Mumbai-based Darul Uloom-i-Nisawa, in Jaipur on Monday. (PTI)


BREAKING down stereotypes, Afroz Begumand Jahan Aara have become the first women Qazis in Rajasthan after completing a two year training course from Mumbai based Darul Uloom-i-Nisawa.Begum and Aara, both aged around 40 years,said they passed the test to become Qazis on completion of their training and will now focus on women’s issues.“We are first women Qazis in Rajasthan. We completed training from Darul Uloom in Mumbai. Our families supporte dus completely and now we will  work for women,” Begum, a mother of five, told PTI on Monday. She said the local community has encouraged them but there were objections fromsome religious leaders and male Qazis We will solemnize Nikaah and perform all the duties of a Qazi. It is a male-dominated area. If there areobjections,we would like to sit and discuss the matter with the Qazis and others,” she said.

“We learned about the rights bestowed on women by Quran. We will not only solemnize Nikaah, but also work for the rights of women,” Aara said. Meanwhile,  there were mixed reactions from the Muslim community to the news of their appointment as Qazis law is wrong and their becoming Qazis is anunusual thing.

It does not fit into the social set up,” KhalidUsmani,the city Qazi said, adding the duo was just trying to draw attention .

Secretary of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, Mohammad Iqbal said,“As per Islamic law, there is no requirement of a Qazi to solemnize a Nikaah.It’s a matter of consent and acceptance in the presence of two witnesses.“Therefore, it is not a big issue thatthe Qazi who is solemnizing the Nikaah is a man or a woman.

But the issue is about the breaking of certain Islamic laws which a woman Qazi may do,” he said. Welcoming the move, another Muslim cleric Syed Noorul Haque of Ajmer  said: “There is nothing objectionable about it. They can do it and to under stand them,one needs to understand the fundamentals of Islam.

When Razia Sultan can become a ruler, why can’t these woman become Qazis?”