All-India Muslim Personal Law Board has opposed recent recent Supreme Court order making marriage registration certificates mandatory. The AIMPLB has said that community would not accept the directive, as it was an infringement of the Muslim personal law.
Mohammed Hashmi Kanpuri, a member of the board, stated that each and every Muslim was bound with Shariat laws, given by Islam and guaranteed by the country's Constitution. According to him, "Any marriage in Islam is certified by three people including a Kazi, and there is no need for any other certification. Muslims are governed by their own rules which are different from the rules of other communities,".
Interestingly, according to Shariat law, a girl can marry once she attains the age of 16 years, whereas the Constitution allows marriage only after the girl reaches the age of 18.
The alleged ‘marriage’ of Pakistan cricket team skipper Shoaib Malik & Ayesha Siddiqui, a girl from Hyderabad has shown the importance of Marriage registration. Shoaib Malik and Ayesha met in Jeddah, KSA, in 2001. After two months of courtship, the couple married on June 3, 2002, over phone, with witnesses from both sides as per the Muslim law.
However, Now Shoaib Malik has backed off and is denying the claim. Accordning to him, he was just engaged with Ayesha
I hope atleast now All-India Muslim Personal Law Board will understand the importance of Marriage Registration!