Mohammad Kaif Tweets Supporting Supreme Court Verdict on Triple Talaq; Gets Trolled
New Delhi, August 22: Indian cricketer Mohammad Kaif on Tuesday used social media platform Twitter to support the Supreme Court’s historic judgment declaring Triple Talaq (divorce) as unconstitutional. Soon after Kaif tweeted out his opinion, certain sections of Twitterati began trolling him for supporting and welcoming the verdict. But another section of Twitter users congratulated him for being ‘progressive’ and voicing his opinion without fearing the consequences.
Moments after the final judgement of the top court was made public, the former player of team India took on Twitter and said that with the verdict declaring Triple Talaq unconstitutional, Muslim women will be more secure. “Welcome decision by Supreme Court to declare Triple Talaq unconstitutional. Will give Muslim women security. Gender justice is much needed, ” he tweeted.
Welcome decision by Supreme Court to declare #TripleTalaq unconstitutional. Will give Muslim women security. Gender justice is much needed
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) August 22, 2017
However, his opinion did not go well with several social media users who questioned Kaif’s knowledge about the Quran and Hadith. One user linked the issue of divorce with the saying of ‘Vande Mataram’. Another linked the issue with the ‘beef ban’, to which a third user linked the issue of terrorism.
SC says #TripleTalaq is against Quran so how about saying Vande Mataram that is also against basic Quran of There is no God but Allah
— Saquib Hamza (@HamzaSaqmd) August 22, 2017
women are most secure in islaam….being Muslim you should know it
— xahoor bhat (@bhat_xahoor) August 22, 2017
Have you read Qaran? then you would have understand what is gender justice and women security.
— Mohammed Ali (@alimumtazali) August 22, 2017
Undoubtedly, Kaif with his tweet struck a debate, where supporters of the Supreme Court verdict and those protesting against it got into a war of words. Many saw in Kaif’s comment an opportunistic agenda, while many other applauded him for speaking against the divorce system.
Welcome decision, and balanced comment by you sir. We needed more Muslim leaders like you who want their welfare. #TripleTalaq
— Suhani Singh (@Suhani_indian) August 22, 2017
Taking a dig at the practice of issuing diktats against dissenters, several users said that soon a fatwa might be issued against the cricketer for speaking in support of the SC verdict.
Hats off for speaking publicly against the bad practise. Aap fatwa se nahi darte ho kya…
— Rohit Kothari (@rohitkothari85) August 22, 2017
Others in the comment section said it is not a judgment against any religion, but for gender equality, to which some responded by talking about patriarchal norms followed in other parts of India, apart from Triple Talaq, which seeks to ban wearing of jeans among females.
While the trolls in the comment section are highly polarised opinions and divisive in nature, many in Kaif’s tweeting in favour of the verdict, saw him as a role model for progressive thought and as a ‘gentleman’.