This (the quote below) maybe the legal interpretation on the Sharia, but the intent is fraudulent More than any law in the world, social ostracisation is the biggest fear of all individuals. If Allah knows better, then it is best left to Allah. Islam is a contract between the Person and Allah and the good thing about Islam is that their is no intermediation between God and the Person! It is a One to One equation. That is all very fine to espouse and soft soap the issue, but the reality is that there are many fatwas that contravenes the basic human rights guaranteed by the Law and the Constitution as was the case of Shah Bano and the foolish and most idiotic fatwa which declared the father in law who raped his daughter in law as the new husband! Or the case when a man in a drunken stupor pronounced talaq three times and then wanted to recant, but could not unless his wife married another and cohabited and then divorced so that the drunk could remarry his wife. Another stupid argument. it was successful because none dared to challenge lest one was socially ostracised and religious rites denied. Everyone loves his religion and so are forced to take a whole lot of nonsense that is heaped. It in no way indicates success. It only indicated success in duress and religious blackmail. It is not only that the Personal laws of Muslims that require a relook, but also the laws of each religious entity. All are flawed and all are not in sych with the contemporary environment.