The World must Bring Change in Islamic Law

ladybird By ladybird, 2nd Dec 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Islamic law is weighted in favour of man and needs change. The world led by USA must act

Women and Islamic Law

Taslima Shariff the Bangladesh writer in an interview to BBC about 2 years back had opined that the religious books of Islam need revision as they have a bias against women. She invited a Fatwa and death sentence for stating her views and had to escape from Bangladesh and now lives in exile in Delhi in India. This makes sad reading and one wonders why islam is so rigid in its treatment of women. Taslima is a fine writer and her books in Bengali have a tremendous following. I have read one of her translated books

One thing that is a fact is that Islamic jurisprudence as laid down by the Sharia is heavily weighted against women. In particular the divorce , marriage and evidence aspects are framed completely against the female. One has just to take one aspect of marriage and divorce law to realise that the woman in Islam has no rights. The law gives a man the right to have 4 legal wives and also the power to divorce his wife by just uttering the word “Talaq” 3 times. Can Islam give the same right to a Muslim woman? Yet Islamic hardliners , for that matter all Muslim men are averse to revision of such laws.

There is certainly some merit in what people like Taslima articulate. They deserve the attention of the free world and in particular the great bastions of democracy in the west. I will add that such laws are even repugnant to Communist and naked dictatorships and yet such laws are allowed by the world to exist. Can anything be done ? As a woman I am concerned for my Muslim sisters, who are suppressed and made to exist and not live.

Unfortunately the USA has double standards and props up the most obscurantist and retrograde regime in the world, namely Saudi Arabia. Do Americans feel proud about it?

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author avatar Retired
2nd Dec 2015 (#)

I have a feeling that this road will be a long and very slow one to travel.

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author avatar ladybird
2nd Dec 2015 (#)

Possibly the road will never be travelled as it has remained static for 1500 yeasr

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
6th Dec 2015 (#)

Like the Koran, and Hadith.

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
6th Dec 2015 (#)

Muslims will never dare to say anything conflicting to Koranic verses.. Hence, Islamic laws are rigid and non-flexi in nature.. Take it or leave it... no go between...

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
3rd Dec 2015 (#)

Whatever the failings of Hindu religion women can assert and even have a decisive say in family matters. This has not met with resistance from within. In fact, the male oriented society is changing fast and, in fact, welcomed by all.

When religious texts are cast in stone then people who follow them react negatively when the world moves faster in terms of science and technology.

It is time archaic thinking is buried and everyone will be better for it. The elite among them should educate the rest as they easily integrate with the rest and live it up - siva

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author avatar ladybird
3rd Dec 2015 (#)

Thank you Siva for a sane comment

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
6th Dec 2015 (#)

With regard to Islam laws are based on Koranic instructions. Anything goes conflicting would be invalid, and hence would be termed as anything but Islamic....

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author avatar Retired
6th Dec 2015 (#)

I think you will find that much of Sharia law does not derive directly from the Koran but from other Islamic holy books. There is still room for interpretation in Islamic law.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
7th Dec 2015 (#)

May I add further Ladybird?

We have to move with the times. Those who criticize, intolerant, do so because they want to deny others the choice to live their lives as they deem fit. They are despotic.

Religious texts are interpreted to suit few and even to terrorize the majority into submission. And that is even reason enough to kill another!

I am born a Hindu but nobody can tell me how to live my life. I do not follow, believe, whatever that does not make sense to me. I hardly go to temple and it does mean I am less religious. I just cannot be a hypocrite which I feel is almost like a crime, deceiving myself too.

I feel we should get out the clutches of rigid belief systems. That will also make the society less hypocritical.

I am blind to any artificial and even physical differences that tend to divide us. I take another for what they are and that attitude has enriched my life - siva

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author avatar Helen-FifeWriter
24th Apr 2016 (#)

I wonder if many Muslim men are reluctant to have changes in Sharia law because they fear the consequences of taking a rebellious stance and not because they want to keep women subjugated?

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