Wednesday, March 21, 2018 06:05:54 PM

ACJU: An orchestra of frogs in a well

By Ameer Faaiz - Sat Nov 04, 9:13 am

Photo courtesy Maatram

Does the axiom have it that the more you change, the more you remain the same? With a slight twist, what may be said of All Ceylon Jammiyathul Ulama (ACJU) is that the more you try to change, the more you are dragged to same. In an uncharacteristic move the representatives of ACJU in Justice Saleem Marsoof’s committee that was appointed in 2009 to make recommendations to reform the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act (MMDA) have given their response in writing to the said committee’s draft proposals. This 37-page response[1] defies logic and common sense in virtually denouncing all proposed reforms and leading possibly to a deadlock within the committee. This is also bound to cause division within the community.

Islam has no concept of clergy. Yet religious scholars “Ulema”, barring a few honourable exceptions, often have arrogated to themselves disproportionate and illegitimate authority. In Sri Lanka, ACJU is no exception….

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