Denial of rights to women is against sharia law: MJ Akbar: New Delhi: Denial of gender rights is against the sharia law and no state can be modern without gender freedom, Union Minister MJ Akbar said on Thursday. “You cannot deny gender equality to any being. Denial of gender rights is against the sharia. Anyone who has a deep understanding of the Koranic law will never have the courage to argue. He will simply not,” he said.