Diktats of Darul Uloom issue a fatwa against polygamy.

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  1. Poseidon

    Poseidon Senior Member Senior Member

    May 28, 2011
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    Diktats of Darul Uloom issue a fatwa against polygamy.

    By Piyush Srivastava

    PUBLISHED: 20:22 GMT, 12 April 2012 | UPDATED: 01:21 GMT, 13 April 2012

    From urging Muslims not to celebrate birthdays to asking men to avoid working in banks and financial institutions, the diktats from the Darul Uloom at Deoband have often evoked a mixture of mirth and anger.

    Supposed to help Muslims, these decrees would often have a regressive effect on their lives.

    But a recent ruling by the Darul Uloom has given hope that times are changing and its effect could be far-reaching.

    In a revolutionary fatwa which could go a long way at strengthening the institution of Islamic wedding, the Darul Uloom at Deoband, in a departure from the Shariah, has said that a second marriage would be a bad idea if the first wife was alive.

    Darul Ifta, the fatwa department of India's foremost Islamic seminary, passed the decree following an online question posed by a married man with two children.

    'According to the Shariah, it is lawful to keep two wives at the same time. But it is generally not acceptable in Indian custom. Here in India, it is like inviting hundreds of problems.

    'Moreover, the husband generally cannot do justice and cannot maintain equality between the two wives. Hence, it is better to have only one wife as the Quran has said. You should discard the idea of a second marriage, otherwise you will feel sorry,' the Darul Ifta said.

    This is in contrast to the fatwa it had issued in 2011, when it noted: 'If you can maintain equality between two wives and give them equal rights, then you can go in for a second marriage.'

    Speaking about the latest diktat, Maulana Mufti Arshad Faruqi, chairman of the fatwa department said: 'It is absolutely unacceptable that someone gets married for the second or third time without any valid reason.

    'The Shariah may give a Muslim the right to keep four wives, but in that case it becomes his responsibility to provide equal rights and a decent life to all four. If he fails in doing so, his marriage cannot be justified.'

    Dr Naeem Hamid, a member of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), supported the fatwa.

    'Polygamy was permitted in the past because of various social and economic reasons. Often girls from poor families would stay unmarried because of financial constraint. So, rich men were allowed to marry up to four times. But times have changed. Now Muslims are conscious about their economic condition and act accordingly,' Hamid said.

    'The Darul Uloom used to support polygamy in the past. But now they are concerned about uplifting the community. Obviously, they will discourage such a thing,' he said.
    Shreela Flather

    British parliamentarian Baroness Shreela Flather, who created ripples in the House of Lords recently by attacking Pakistani and Bangladeshi citizens for going for too many children to claim extra welfare benefits from the UK government, has now gone a step ahead and demanded implementation of uniform civil code in India and Britain.

    Lady Flather, the first Asian member in the House of Lords, said the Muslim Personal Law was not in the best interest of women and therefore, there was a need to bring in a universal law for the welfare of all sections of the society.

    'In the UK, polygamy is not permitted by law, but a Muslim man is getting away by marrying even four women. He doesn't even register these marriages, which is mandatory.

    'He can divorce his wives, but a woman cannot divorce her husband so easily. Yet, the UK government chose to ignore such practices in the name of personal law,' Lady Flather, who was in Hyderabad, told Mail Today.

    She said because of polygamy, the standard of living and education was poor among Pakistani and Bangladeshi citizens in the UK.

    'If one were to go by the rating given by the British government, Chinese and Indians rank very high, whereas Pakistanis and Bangladeshis are at the bottom of the list.'
    by A Srinivasa Rao

    Diktats of Darul issue fatwa against polygamy | Mail Online
  3. Ray

    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

    Apr 17, 2009
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    None will care.

    All cosmetic as the fatwa on terrorism.

    Those who have one wife did not wait for the Darool.

    Those who have four wives, did not bother about the Darool.

    Those who will have one wife or four wives will do it because they want to do so, with or without the Darool.

    Cosmetic and Political.

    Elections to major States are on the way.

    Watch the political sops - RTE is one and now the Darool!

    Rescinding the tax on Gold, no hike in fuel and so on and so forth!
  4. TheLord

    TheLord Regular Member

    Jan 18, 2011
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    These people will be reminded that all people have common sense to look after themselves.

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