New Delhi: It is a clash of Muslim orthodoxy and a modernist interpretation of Islam. While the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) plans to set up Darul-Qaza (Sharia courts) all across the country, the Muslim wing of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) is coming up with mediation courts of its own.

The Muslim Rashtriya Manch (MRM) — a body of nationalist-minded Muslims affiliated to the Sangh and guided by its functionary Indresh Kumar — established the first ‘Parivar Sulah Kendra’ or family mediation and conciliation centre in Jaipur on Wednesday.

“The AIMPLB wants to drive a wedge through Muslim families using the Sharia law. We do not want that to happen,” MRM national convenor Mohammad Afzal told MyNation. “Our main goal is to bind families, reassert familial ties rather than harp on the dated and oppressive concepts of triple talaq and nikah halala.”

Afzal said that in the next one year, Parivar Sulah Kendras would come up in each of the 720 districts in India. The goal is to establish 100 such centres in 100 districts in the first month, especially where the number of Muslims is significant.

“The AIMPLB is a body of self-serving Muslims who are least bothered about the ill-effects of triple talaq and halala on Muslim women. They just want their shops to run in the name of Islam and its misinterpretation,” Afzal said.

He added: “If AIMPLB is so committed to Sharia, then why only civil cases, they must also press on Muslims being tried under Sharia’s criminal law. Let us have Muslims get their hands chopped for theft and so on.”