Agra Muslims vow not to give or take dowry after Ayesha suicide case shocks community

The suicide case of a 23-year-old woman, Ayesha Arif Khan, in Ahmedabad after being harassed by her husband and in-laws over dowry has shocked the Muslim community in Agra.

The Muslims in Agra have now vowed to stop the exchange of dowry in all Muslim marriages here.

In a meeting held at a local mosque in Agra after the Friday Namaz, the community leaders led special prayers for the soul of Ayesha.

Hafiz Mohd Yahya Khan said that dowry has been forbidden in Islam and the Muslim community should follow the teachings in the Holy Quran by renouncing dowry completely.

Hindustani Biradari secretary Ziauddin said that the community will have to take a unanimous decision to disallow the exchange of dowry in all Muslim weddings.

Ziauddin said that “what happened to Ayesha in Ahmedabad, could happen to any daughter”.

“The day when daughters-in-law will be treated as daughters, the menace of dowry and exploitation for dowry will automatically end,” Ziauddin said.

Jamit-Ul-Quresh president Mohd. Sharif Kale said that Ayesha had been badly tortured by her husband and in-laws because she had not brought dowry with her. “Such people should be given the strictest punishment in the law,” Kale said.

Bhartiya Muslim Vikas Parishad chairman Sami Aghai said that the Parishad is already distributing pamphlets among the local Muslims, requesting them not to give or take dowry, reminding them that exchange of dowry is forbidden in Islam.

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Source – India Today