Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has announced a population control policy. There is a very direct reaction to this population control law in the Muslim community. Mufti Mukarram Ahmed, Shahi Imam of Fatehpuri Masjid, has said that this law is a political game and Muslims will not get involved in it.
Shahi Imam told Amar Ujala that this law is nothing but an attempt to mobilize the majority class. They will neither oppose nor welcome it. But if common law is brought for the whole country then there is nothing wrong with it because it will be the same for all.
He said that bringing in the population control law would not have any major impact on the land. Promoting education and awareness would have proved to be a more effective step for population control. If this law, like other laws, is not followed even after its formation, then it will have no meaning.
At the same time, Mufti Ateeq Bastavi, a member of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board, says that the board is closely monitoring the population control law. After the final draft of the law comes out, he will study it and make his strategy on it. For this appropriate decision will be taken in the board meeting.
He said that it has been seen all over the world that wherever there is more education, people themselves start producing fewer children. There is no need to force them to do this. In such a situation, the government should work seriously towards increasing education instead of running the stick of law.
On the other hand, Jameel Anjum Dehlvi, General Secretary, Anjuman Mohabbatein Watan has said that they strongly oppose this law. With this, an attempt is being made to divide one section of the society from the other. He said that the government should pay more attention to the spread of education instead of stopping the birth of children forcibly.
Anjum Dehlvi said that there is a clear opinion on population control in Islam that if both the husband and wife agree not to have a child with consent, then there is no bar on not having a child. But, if either of the spouses wants to have a child, then the other partner cannot stop him or her from doing so.
Anjum Dehlvi further said that in the book ‘Islam and Family Planning’ by Zaid Abul Fazal Farooqui, it has also been mentioned that Islam does not become a hindrance in population control, but it is necessary that proper methods are adopted for this. For this, both husband and wife must agree.