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Fatwa on Divorce

Posted in Religion, Society by dullar on November 16, 2010

For a Muslim wife in India it is not necessary to hear the words “talaq” three time from her husband to get divorced. A Muslim man can give her wife divorce by calling her on mobile phone and saying the word talaq three times. It doesn’t matter if the wife has listened his words or not.

Almost all of us must be quite shocked to learn this, but it is how Holy Quran says, according the learned religious interpretors of Darul Ifta of Darul Uloom, Deoband. The Deoband is one the esteemed and respected Ismalic learning centre in India. According to school –

Darul Ifta has always been centre of attraction and held great respect and trust in public and court circles. Darul Ifta, besides guiding in religio-social matters is also a very forceful means of rapport between Darul Uloom Deoband, and the common run of Muslims. The Fatwas of Darul Uloom have been highly esteemed in and outside the country; besides, the masses the law court in the country also honour them and consider them decisive. “

It shows how even the modern technologies like mobile phones are working against the women in Muslim society in India. (In the today’s information age, new electronic means like chatting, mobile, sms etc are successfully used by men to give divorce to the wives.)To any citizen of this liberal and democratic country with rule of law and right to equality as its foundation principles, this ruling will surely seem not only as regressive but utterly offensive.

Although the fatwas do not carry a binding effect on Muslims but they speak volumes about the mentality of the religious leaders of the school whose words carry a lot of weight in the Muslim society. It will frustrate Muslim women’s efforts to garner respect and equality in the society.

It will be interesting to know how the courts of law in the country take these, if any aggrieved person approaches it due to the above fatwa.

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