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Supreme Court as Clergy
Faizan Mustafa

The whole concept of providing constitutional protection only to those elements of religion which the court considers ‘essential’ is problematic. Such an approach assumes that one element or practice is independent of the others and that some practices are central while others are just incidental. This is not the correct understanding of religion as all elements and practices together constitute a religion.....

Why India Allows Instant Divorce: For Muslim Indian Men, Breaking Up Is Easy To Do
The Economist

Though triple Talaq is invoked in vanishingly few real-life cases, it is clear that the practice is unjust. Already more than 20 Muslim-majority countries, including neighbouring Pakistan and Bangladesh, have either banned it or devised Sharia-compliant marriage contracts to work around it. India, with the world’s third-largest Muslim population, has failed to catch up....

Women Will Get Option to Say No To Triple Talaq, Muslim Board Tells SC

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Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Triple Talaq: Model Nikahnamas Exist, but Most Brides Have No Say in Their Marriage Contracts
Aarefa Johari

The Islamic Nikah is the only religious marriage in India that sees marriage as a contract between husband and wife rather than a holy sacrament. And in an ideal, gender-sensitive Nikah, both the bride and the groom would have the right to mutually negotiate the terms of their contractual union. A Muslim woman could, in this ideal case, ensure that her Nikahnama mentions a high Mehr, the amount that a groom pays the bride for her financial security in case of a divorce....

Triple Talaq, an Extra-Quranic Practice, Has No Place in the Quran
Nizam Pasha

The Sura' in the Quran dedicated to the subject of divorce which is titled "Talaq" prescribes the following procedure for divorce: a period of Iddat of three months (or in case of pregnancy, the duration of pregnancy) has to be provided to the wife after divorce is pronounced during which it is prohibited to turn her out of the house. In fact, it is recommended that the woman should also not leave of her own accord as this reduces the possibility of reconciliation. Further, divorce can be pronounced only during prescribed periods, which must not be during the wife's menstrual cycle....

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On Triple Talaq, Court Must Say: Religious Practice Cannot Trump Modern Constitutional Morality

 This is the “essential practices” test of the court. In order to ascertain whether something deserves protection under religious liberty clauses, courts may have to inquire whether the practice is in fact religious. But our courts have gone further. Rather than subjecting religious practices to the test of constitutionality, they have given lexical priority to the religious practice. One line of argument in the triple Talaq case suggests that the only issue in this case is whether the practice is genuinely Islamic. If it is, uphold; if not, abolish it…..

Roshan Ara Khan from Nizamuddin Basti Showing the way
Roshan Ara Khan

A story that must be shared. Living in the slums of Nizamuddin Basti, her father, a rickshaw puller at times, couldn’t even give her and four siblings three meals a day. “On top of that, he used to gamble. And then one day, my parents fixed my marriage. I was only 15. I refused. I told my mother, I don’t want to be helpless like her, dependent on someone else for every penny, struggling to raise kids, falling sick every now and then because of early marriage and motherhood.....

 

SC To Muslim Board: Can Women Be Given Option of Saying ‘No’ To Triple Talaq

Women Can Say Triple Talaq, Muslim Law Board Tells Supreme Court

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Triple Talaq: There Are Lies, Damn Lies, and Then the AIMPLB’s Claims
Sheeba Aslam Fehmi

The board and the obscurantist patriarchy of the community in India have been choosing their mitigable issues very carefully. There is no resistance to secular legal measures curbing anything that is in-your-face oppression of women – the beating of wives is clearly too unpalatable to be brought on board – but the tools of systemic oppression are adhered to....

Masculinity Vs Equality: Giving Up On Gender Equality Means Giving Up On the Quest to Be Good
Rafia Zakaria

Here is what is surprising. A large number of the women questioned in the survey believed the same things as the men who would like to discriminate against them. In Egypt, 58.5pc women believe that men “should have the final word” in decision-making related to matters at home...

 

Triple Talaq Not Fundamental to Islam
A. Faizur Rahman

Given the reluctance of Muslim religious bodies in India to give up their sectarian conformism and delegitimise Talaq-e-Bid’a, the Supreme Court will be well within its rights under Articles 141 and 142 of our Constitution to resort to, in consultation with progressive Islamic scholars, a neoteric interpretation of the terms “Talaq” and “Shariat” mentioned in section (2) of The Muslim Personal Law (Shariat) Application Act, 1937, and lay down the procedure of divorce in accordance with the egalitarian and gender-just principles of the Quran....

Marriage of Muslim Woman during ‘Iddat’ Not Void, Says Delhi Court

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Triple Divorce Is Neither Fundamental To Islam, nor Is It Sacramental
Tahir Mahmood

Going by the true and authentic Islamic teachings, divorce itself is Abghaz-ul-Mubahat Indallah (most detestable in the sight of God) among legally permissible things. Who has then the cheek to claim that divorce — leave alone the so-called triple divorce — is “fundamental” to Islam? True that, unlike in classical Hindu and Christian laws, in Islamic legal philosophy marriage is not an absolutely indissoluble union and its termination is permissible in irreparably broken marriages...

 

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Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

 

There are several instances where a woman after the ‘instant-divorce’ is left with no help, rendered homeless overnight or traumatised for life. According to a survey conducted by the Bhartiya Muslim Mahila Andolan (BMMA) in 2015, out of the 525 Muslim divorces, 346 are oral, 40 through a letter, 18 on phone, one via SMS, three through e-mail and 117 through other sources. It clearly states that the practice should be abolished not just because it is unjust and inhuman but also because it is ‘un-Quranic’....

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Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

 
AIMPLB, Triple Talaq and Blasphemy
T.O. Shanavas, New Age Islam

AIMPLB, Triple Talaq and Blasphemy
T.O. Shanavas, New Age Islam

On the contrary, the "fraudulent Shariah," that the members of the Board strive to preserve, demands capital punishment for blasphemy. Based on the Qur'anic verses quoted above, Triple Talaq violates the Word of God, the Qur'an, and thereby the Muslim Board is committing blasphemy. So, I ask the members of AIMPLB, "Do you ever consider asking the Supreme Court to punish you for blasphemy under the rules of your cherished counterfeit Shariah?...

Indian Supreme Court Hearing: ‘Triple Talaq like Burying Alive Muslim Women’

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Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Banning Triple Talaq Will 'Not Benefit' Muslim Women: Umari

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

 

Nikah is essentially a contract laid down in a ‘Nikahnama’ drawn between the husband and the wife. This contract can have conditions and has a compulsory ‘consideration’ (Meher) to be paid at the time of the marriage. This consideration is paid by the man to the wife, and can be at time waived off by the woman as per her own will. So the basic difference between a Hindu Marriage and a Muslim Marriage is that for Hindus, marriage is a divine sacrament whereas for Muslims, it is a contract drawn between the husband and the wife....

 

The court was addressing the point that a vacuum may arise if triple Talaq is declared invalid, leaving Muslim men no forum to go to for a divorce. Presently, Muslim men do not have to move courts to get a divorce. They can instantly get divorce unlike a Muslim woman who has to approach a court under Section 2 of The Dissolution of Muslim Marriages Act of 1939. The 1939 statute gives specific grounds under which a woman can seek divorce....

Just Like Hindu Marriage Act, There Should Be Muslim Marriage Law: AIMWPLB

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London Police Charge Three Women with Terrorism

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First Pakistani Female Scuba-Diving Instructor Breaking Stereotypes

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

 

Nikahnamas That Bar Triple Talaq Could Work Much Better Than Making the Practice Illegal
Faizan Mustafa

She got the contract enforced in spite of her husband’s assertion that the contract reduced him to the status of a slave despite the abolition of slavery, and so it was void. Let the prohibition on polygamy and triple divorce be included in the Nikahnama and once triple divorce goes, Halala too will automatically go as in revocable divorces, parties can remarry without Halala....

Often the woman is not even present when her husband utters the words; emails, texts and Facebook are, increasingly, the preferred mediums. The practice is banned in many Muslim countries but continues in India, home to the world’s second-largest Muslim population.....

 


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