Mumbai, Nov. 26: Shia Muslim women across the country can now expect the same rights as men in matters of divorce. The All-India Shia Personal Law Board on Sunday unveiled a revolutionary new model nikahnama (marriage contract) which empowers Shia women to end their marriages under unfavourable conditions.
The board unanimously approved the new nikahnama at its second annual conference held at the Anjuman-e-Islam grounds here. The model nikahnama, which has been approved by the highest Shia cleric of Iraq, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, and other experts, came into force on Sunday.
One of the key clauses of the nikahnama states that Shia women cannot be stopped from seeking employment after marriage. Among other clauses are that the groom would have to sign a set of conditions before the nikah ceremony: that the girl would have an equal right to talaq or divorce; and that the groom would have to specify his income, social status and qualifications in writing before marriage.
After the nikahnama was unveiled, board members passed several other resolutions, including one demanding restoration of the subsidy given to pilgrims going to Iraq, Iran and Syria, which had been stopped 20 years ago.
The president of the board, Maulana Mirza Mohammed Athar, said: "A false impression was being created that Muslims were anti-nationals and terrorists, which is wrong. We love our motherland just like people in other religions do."
The board’s secretary, Mr Zahir Abbas Rizvi, said: "We demand that Shia waqf boards be established all over India on the pattern of Uttar Pradesh so that Shias may be able to perform their religious rituals from the income of these trusts created by their ancestors." Other demands include that a separate survey should be made with the help and guidance of the Shia ulema (clergy) so that authentic data could be collected about the condition of the Shia community and action be taken to improve their status.
Maulana Athar condemned terrorists who gave an Islamic colour to their "selfish and criminal activities." All Muslims, particularly in the wake of the recent Muslim and Malegaon blasts, were being looked upon with suspicion, he said, and this "attitude should end." He added: "The culprits are trying to defame Islam. Islam does not preach terrorism."
Right To Work For All Shia Women,divorce Is Easier - Indian Shias
Posted 26 November 2006 - 05:01 PM
Posted 27 November 2006 - 04:16 AM
Edited by SpIzo, 27 November 2006 - 04:17 AM.
Posted 27 November 2006 - 04:53 AM
If we go by the word of the chairman, president and secretary of this board then Sania Mirza and Umrao Jaan will become the role models of Indian Shia girls..
Anyway whatever they have come up with is not revolutionary as they are claiming it to be, Indian Shias have always followed their marjas...
Edited by Abbas_Zaidi, 27 November 2006 - 04:53 AM.
Posted 27 November 2006 - 08:07 AM
I think it's wrong to change the law to force men to agree to this condition. I think both men and women should be able to CHOOSE to put a condition in the marriage that a women has the right to divorce, but the provision should remove this choice (which is an optional, not mandatory, condition of nikah).
Posted 30 November 2006 - 01:15 PM
i think a better decision would be to do away with the shariah and follow the law of country u are living in.
atleast one dosent have to bring in religion in the mix, i mean u get a nikahnamah and then you have to deal with these so called " hakim of shariah" for divorce etc, and you come to find that these ppl are all the same, infact worse than the ppl you deal with in regular court of law, as they are trying to impress on you that thier shariah is from God and so is thier authority.
it would be ideal if ppl could limit religion/belief to thier personal lives then surely we wont need these corrupt maulanas..especially the ones who claim they are representing The Imam and they have decided that a part of "sihmu l Imam" goes towards "providing the household and academic expenses of the `ulama' (the religious scholars) who dedicate their life and efforts in teaching and preaching the religion of Islam to the people."....haha how convienent!
Posted 30 November 2006 - 09:38 PM
What a bucketload of [Edited Out]. DId you year the guy in the video, he said that the length of maintainence for women after divorce would be increased from three months to as long as it takes for her to find another husband. I'm sure this will work out really great (as it has in the US) in a country where adultry and fornication are not legally punishable offences.
My urdu is not too great, so someone please correct me if I misunderstood the speaker.
I hope the non-turbans are impressed with the progressiveness with the turbans.
Reply to this topic
0 user(s) are reading this topic
0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users