India: Islamic orgs denounce ban of instant divorce, say women have more rights in Islam than in other religions

Maulana Shamimuddin Munami of Sajjad Nashin Khanqah Munamia also opposed the ordinance and called it a political stunt. He told this newspaper on Wednesday that women have more rights in Islam than in any other religion.”

Really?

The Qur’an teaches that men are superior to women and should beat those from whom they “fear disobedience”: “Men have authority over women because Allah has made the one superior to the other, and because they spend their wealth to maintain them. Good women are obedient. They guard their unseen parts because Allah has guarded them. As for those from whom you fear disobedience, admonish them and send them to beds apart and beat them.” — Qur’an 4:34

The Qur’an likens a woman to a field (tilth), to be used by a man as he wills: “Your women are a tilth for you, so go to your tilth as you will” — Qur’an 2:223

It declares that a woman’s testimony is worth half that of a man: “Get two witnesses, out of your own men, and if there are not two men, then a man and two women, such as you choose, for witnesses, so that if one of them errs, the other can remind her” — Qur’an 2:282

It allows men to marry up to four wives, and have sex with slave girls also: “If you fear that you shall not be able to deal justly with the orphans, marry women of your choice, two or three or four; but if you fear that ye shall not be able to deal justly, then only one, or one that your right hands possess, that will be more suitable, to prevent you from doing injustice” — Qur’an 4:3

It rules that a son’s inheritance should be twice the size of that of a daughter: “Allah directs you as regards your children’s inheritance: to the male, a portion equal to that of two females” — Qur’an 4:11

It allows for marriage to pre-pubescent girls, stipulating that Islamic divorce procedures “shall apply to those who have not yet menstruated” — Qur’an 65:4

“Muslim clerics oppose ordinance,” by Faryal Rumi, TNN, September 20, 2018:

PATNA: Islamic organizations in state, including Imarat Shariah, have opposed the ordinance passed by the Union cabinet on Wednesday making triple talaq a punishable offence. They accused the central government of interfering in the Muslim personal law, which is based on the Shariat (Quran and Hadith).

Imarat Shariah is a prominent religious body of Muslims in Bihar, Odissa, Jharkhand and West Bengal. Its general secretary Maulana Anisur Rahman said the lower and middle class Muslims would suffer the most from this law as more than 20% of the cases of instant talaq are reported among them.

“The lower income group Muslims with little knowledge of the Quran and Hadith give instant talaq in case of dispute with wives,” he said and asked: “If a person gets three years of imprisonment for giving instant talaq, what will happen to his children and wife after that?”

He said the ordinance is against the personal law board and any interference in religious matters is wrong. He further said the central government’s ordinance would be challenged in the Supreme Court on various grounds. For example, he said, the new law makes triple talaq void, meaning thereby that it did not materialize. “Punishment for what when there is no offence,” he asked.

Maulana Shamimuddin Munami of Sajjad Nashin Khanqah Munamia also opposed the ordinance and called it a political stunt. He told this newspaper on Wednesday that women have more rights in Islam than in any other religion. “We opposed triple talaq because it’s not the right way for separation. According to the Quran, talaq is one of the most disliked acts that a believer can perform and it also forbids Muslims to give instant talaq. However, it is accepted if a person gives instant triple talaq, but it is sinful in the eyes of Almighty,” he said….

“We are already working to stop triple talaq. The government should have consulted Islamic clerics before passing the ordinance,” said Munami.

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