Aasif and Zainab were two brave adolescents who challenged any type of injustice, caring not what kind of peril awaited them.
They protested against the Islamic Law of child marriage, although jurists agreed that a father may compel his pre-pubescent virgin daughter to enter into a marriage contract. The family was to hand her over for consummation when they judged her physically able to withstand intercourse.
Aasif, the youngster above 28, furthered his marriage. Time and again, his kinsmen asked him, "Do you want to remain single? Or are you in love with Zainab and waiting for the right time for nikah?" In truth, Islam teaches us that love is kind, nourishing, and pure. Meeting a spouse before marriage is wholly permitted and allowed if done with the right intentions. It should be taken for granted that a girl, half of your age after attaining puberty, say fifteen, should be married to be blessed with a son or daughter. You are going against the Muslim system of marriage which follows Arabic culture. They support early marriage.
Aasif takes his part and puts the point solemnly, "Marriage is a bond between two people that no one else understands. A partnership that helps each other through life when you need each other the most and share the most amazing experiences. Marriage means companionship, procreation, and redemption. Several Muslim scholars agreed that if a person has the means to marry and has no fear of mistreating his wife or committing the unlawful, if he doesn't marry, in his case, it is mustahabb (preferred). Marriage or marriageable age is not compulsory. There is no specific law that states a girl or a boy should get married after attaining puberty. Presently, cohabitants wait as long as they have the ability to support the offspring past dates."
The Bibi (fourth wife) of the Mullah satirically calls Zainab 'Aamma,' who has not made nikah even after twenty-five.
Zainab candidly responds, "If I am Amma, you are my baby. My baby, listen to me. If you have the choice, you may go to any Islamic state where you can produce as many children as you are able to."
Do you find faults with the Islamic Laws?"
"No, l just remember you being the fourth Bibi of the Mullah ( double or triple your age) can help you be get a baby?"
Fatima challenges her," The Mullah conference will decide your fate."
Aasif and Zainab aptly say, "How savage the law is! A Muslim man can divorce his wife by pronouncing talaq three times (triple talaq). This is also called oral talaq, a previously available means of Muslim divorce that is now banned, especially for adherents of the Hanafi Sunni Islamic school of jurisprudence in India. Triple talaq results in immediate divorce. It is arbitrary for a Muslim man. On the contrary, a woman may divorce her spouse with the consent of her husband or with the judge's approval under the traditional fiqh law known as khula.
Zainab's parents warn her going against the Islamic faith. They say, "It will probably lead to termination from the quarters."
She consoles them, "No such incidents will occur as you apprehend. It is not the resolution of the clergyman or Imam that will lead us to be expelled from the colony. We are lucky that all the provisions are allowed to us as a minority class in Hindustan."
Aasif and Zainab express concern about the future
of Muslims in India. After the two beings educated in M.B.A. at the Sydenham Institute of Management Studies, Research and Entrepreneurship Education, they were engaged. Aasif became a lecturer, and Zainab became a compliance officer. They lived in the same locality where the majority were Muslims. There is a fear of a rebellion in bickering, intrigued by the political parties, which exacerbates the situation. They don't know what the outcome will be when they start the reformation.
Firstly, they encourage both Hindus and Muslims to cooperate with each other's festivals to create fellowship. They worked together for days, for months without discussing marriage as a subject. They know that it would divert them from their destination. The two glowworms lead innocent Hindus and Muslims out of the darkness of gluttony. They live in the same complex but in separate buildings, which enables them to organize different humanitarian programs. They believe that all scriptures - the Bhagavad Gita, Quran, Buddhism, Jainism, Upanishads, Tripitak, Bible (Old Testament and New Testament) - pronounce one thing: monotheism and the plasma ; they belief that service to mankind is service to God.
They reach the doors of Muslim women who live miserably after triple talaq, which is an inhuman practice. It is a man-made law. Some Muslim scholars say that triple talaq is not recognized by Islam. It is a barbaric feudalism, illegal, and void. They aim to provide a remedy. The Muslim Personal Law Council says that interference with their religion falls under Articles 25 and 26. It is criminalized: DISSECTING THE CONSTITUTIONAL AND SOCIO LEGAL ASPIRES. Triple talaq has been an element of terrible discrimination and subjugation for women in the Muslim community. As a consequence of this tradition, a marriage can be unilaterally ended at the husband's discretion.
Nikah halala (known as tahleel marriage) is a practice in which a woman, after being divorced by triple talaq, has the right to reside in the marital home and to be given maintenance by her husband. On the other hand, if the husband decides in his will to deny her the right to property, she will not be able to place a claim on it
Talaq Bid'a, or irregular divorces, occur when a husband repudiates his wife in three divorces at once, against the spirit of Shariah. Therefore, the man who follows this course in divorce is an offender in the eyes of Islamic Law.
Aasif and Zainab help women who have been suffering from Talaq Bid'a to claim their rights and ask the court for justice to salvage them from the poisonous fangs of the advocates.
While at the door of a distressed woman, prey to the three divorces, she said, "Messenger of Allah, my womb is a vessel for this son of mine, my breasts a water skin for him, and my lap a guard for him, yet the father has divorced me and wants to take him away from me."
They meet with both men and women for resettlement. However, they face difficulties, and many emotions are often involved. There may be feelings of guilt, anger, or regret. However, if the two parties are willing to work on the relationship, it is possible for divorced couples to get back together.
They endeavored greatly for dispersion, almost triumphed, but also lost some. The two honest friends faced turbulents as influential Muslim leaders didn't favor the movement for their personal interests.
Zainab and Aasif didn't care about the attributions and continued rebelling against the monopoly of Muslim men using the word "talaq" three times, subsequently resulting in multiple divorces and children to make India the most populated country in the world. They conclude that as long as casteism, a form of discrimination present in Indian society for centuries, exists, there won't be any significant changes. The caste system is based on the hierarchical division of society determined by birth. This system means people are born into a certain caste and remain there for their entire lives.
They advocate for monotheism and harmony. No caste, no dispute. The idea of the caste system arrived in ancient India as a division of labor: Brahmins (highly educated scholars and thinkers), Kshatriyas (security and leadership), Vyshyas (trade and wealth management), and Sudras (people who perform daily work).
They invoke the heads of Hindu and Muslim schools of thought. While the world is prepared for massive changes, they question why there shouldn't be a change in old beliefs of caste and religion.
Zainab and Aasif masterplan to convene scholars of different thoughts. Interestingly, except for a few individuals with absolute self-interest, most agreed to consider a change.
It is funny that the two messengers of mankind never intrude into each other's personal lives, making their relationship indestructible. They derive pleasure from helping those who are defenseless and wrecked.
Hesitantly, they were separated from each other and carried on their occupations in the new environment.
Once, in a coffee bar, some people were arguing and trying to prove that their religion was the best. They had photographs of deities and exhibited them in public. Their squabble corroded, and a youngster ,otherwise ,youngster botted in , they would come to blows. Everyone abandoned the cafe except John and Zainab. John, a Christian who believes in monotheism and harmony like Zainab, regularly met with her at the cafe. They freely voiced their opinions. Now, they were so close to each other that Zainab didn't hesitate to ask him, "If you married a girl of another caste and religion, would you expect her to convert?"
John grinned and said, "When I believe in one religion, which is humanity, I cannot ask the girl I marry to convert."
She was elated when she learned that John was unmarried.
Overwhelmingly, she hugged him and, in her excitement,
repeated, "I can't believe you are still single! But why haven't you married so far?"
John said, "Many obstacles have prevented me. I believe marriage should not be enforced. The real marriage is not done in a church, mosque, gurudwara, or temple. But why are you so interested in knowing about my personal life?"
Zainab introduced herself, "I am Zainab, a Muslim girl."
"Yeah, I have no interest in knowing anyone's caste or religion."
She offered herself to John and said, "Are you sure... I mean... you won't triple talaq me?"
"I don't believe in such dogmas. You're a very peculiar girl. There's a saying, 'An empty pocket bargains for all.' When I say I don't believe in caste, religion, or conversion, you behave like a numb. But one thing I can say is that whoever I marry, I will give her full freedom to go to a church, mosque, temple, or worship any god or chooses any place."
"You are such an amazing personality. I salute you, your integrity. By the way, will you accept me as your life partner?"
John said decisively, "But you must respect and regard my family."
"Unfailingly," she said.
When Zainab sent the message of her marriage to John, Aasif congratulated and appreciated her and said, "The beginning of a non-caste marriage."
"Certainly ,she said, John is a champion of humanity and believes, like us, in monotheism and harmony."
John and Zainab's marriage spread everywhere. People revolted against it and pressured Zainab's in-laws to call off the marriage of a Muslim girl crossing the threshold. John remained steadfast in his promise.
He came forward and said, "This is the reason I remained unmarried until now. You are so conservative that you don't welcome positive change. I have vehemently expressed that liberty should be given to the couple to choose their companions with whom they will spend their whole lives. Under the circumstances, the choice is mine. Casteism and conversion are meaningless."
The decorated wedding car took the bride and groom to a star hotel. They had a registry marriage in the judicial court.
The people they invited to the marriage party remarked, "A step towards paganism."
Later on, Aasif arranged his marriage with a Hindu girl who believed in humanism and non-casteism. Despite resistance from both sides' seniors, they became life partners, signing their marriage agreement in a law court. The statement declared: no dowry, no divorce, no torture.
John and Aasif changed their names to Sriman and Kashyap, and Zainab and Joanna to Janhavi and Jyothi.
Their newborns were named Bimla and Baishnab, without a surname. When they came of age, they married each other, who were upholders of monotheism and harmony..