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Indian Muslim Ulema Who Insist On Retaining the Anti-Qur’anic Triple Talaq (Instant Divorce) In Muslim Personal Law Are Sinners, Haters of Their Women-Folk and Criminals and Must Be Resisted

By Muhammad Yunus, New Age Islam

[co-author (Jointly with AshfaqueUllah Syed), Essential Message of Islam, Amana Publications, USA, 2009.]

3 September 2015

My article referenced below tables the following compelling arguments on the strength of the Qur’an to show that the triple talaq is diametrically opposed to its message.

The Qur’an’s key agenda “to lift from them (humanity) their burdens and shackles that were upon humanity (before)” (7:157) obviously included the protection of  women from the curse of arbitrary divorce that was in vogue in pre-Islamic Arabia.

Instantaneous divorce is expressly forbidden in Islam (2:226/227).

The Qur’an prescribes, among other things, a three-month waiting period for a woman under divorce notice (2:228), and commands a man who initiates the divorce to formally articulating his intention at least twice over the period (2:229), obviously in the presence of witnesses. The time-framing is reiterated in two other verses (2:231, 65:2).

The Qur’anic Sharia (laws) on divorce. Triple divorce, temporary marriage, halalastand  forbidden (haram)



The truth is, the institution of triple talaq deprives a married Muslim woman of her Qur’an rights of counseling, arbitration and negotiation with her husband prior to the termination of her conjugal rights that is binding on a man as her awliya (9:71) and qawwam (4:34). Furthermore, it gives a Muslim husband infinite power to blackmail his wife into doing anything, however immoral, or to abuse her in any way he wishes, or curtailing all her civil rights, and even forcing her to break her parental filial ties by dangling the dagger of triple talaq over her head. It is a far greater weapon of extortion and black-mail than a loaded revolver that can kill a woman’s body once and for all rather than turn her into a living dead – killing her soul leaving the body alive to bear the agony of moral death, having been reduced to virtually a slave of her husband who could shout at her at whim, beat her up, torture her and throw her out of his life by uttering once terse sentence. It is by far the most heinous legalized extortion of the defenseless married Muslim women in India that forces this Muslim writer to exercise utmost restraint in castigating its advocates lest he may be charged of using unscholarly diction and reduce this most serious essay into polemical narrative.

Looking back into history, in the ancient times in isolated settlements a married man could be required to leave home at a moment’s notice on long military missions without leaving any provision for his wife and without any certainty of the span of his absence from home that could run into years. He could then release his wife of marital bondage by the triple talaq, knowing it well that it was sinful. But in today’s world of rapid mobility and electronic communication, the notion of triple talaq has totally lost its relevance and its advocates commit grave sin and monstrous crime against their women-folk. While it is for God to judge them for their sinful legalistic views, the human court of justice must stop them from committing their monstrous moral crime – which the religion of Islam as enshrined in the Qur’an does not permit.

As for those who cite ahadith or secondary sources to justify their views - theyare reminded that the secondary sources of Islam can be quoted to justify divergent “views and deeds in the whole range of matters concerning Muslim societies. Such matters could be of social, political or theological nature, or pertain to statecraft, educational curriculum and women’s status, for example.” [Afterword, 1.3 Essential Message of Islam.]. Hence, “Muslims must endeavor to take guidance directly from the Qur’an” [Ibid] and must dismiss all those ahadith that contradict the Qur’anic message as spurious or apocryphal. Therefore, the advocates of triple talaq have no leg to stand on and must not lose any time in bringing the MPL in line with the Qur’anic message, beginning with the scrapping of triple divorce – unless they want to remain shamelessly adamant about their immoral, anti-Qur’anic and criminal views.

Muhammad Yunus, a Chemical Engineering graduate from Indian Institute of Technology, and a retired corporate executive has been engaged in an in-depth study of the Qur’an since early 90’s, focusing on its core message. He has co-authored the referred exegetic work, which received the approval of al-Azhar al-Sharif, Cairo in 2002, and following restructuring and refinement was endorsed and authenticated by Dr. KhaledAbou El Fadl of UCLA, and published by Amana Publications, Maryland, USA, 2009.

URL: http://newageislam.com/islamic-sharia-laws/muhammad-yunus,-new-age-islam/indian-muslim-ulama-who-insist-on-retaining-the-anti-qur’anic-triple-talaq-(instant-divorce)-in-muslim-personal-law-are-sinners,-haters-of-their-women-folk-and-criminals-and-must-be-resisted/d/104483


  • Dear Ayina,

    What you say simply echos the following remark in the article:

    "As for those who cite ahadith or secondary sources to justify their views - they are reminded that the secondary sources of Islam can be quoted to justify divergent “views and deeds in the whole range of matters concerning Muslim societies. Such matters could be of social, political or theological nature, or pertain to statecraft, educational curriculum and women’s status, for example.” [Afterword, 1.3 Essential Message of Islam.]

    By muhammad yunus - 9/6/2015 7:14:31 AM

  • What I am going to write is bad critic but, any one reading this comment and  do not like it than my sincere apology in Advance.

    When it comes   Hadees, Muslims are like Madaris (Snake Charmers). A Madari who have poisonous snake and Chandan everything in his bag but did not want to to put that snake aside but rather play with it, Muslims are so positive for Hadees that they will not ready to call absurd Hadees absurd but will say Weak Hadees that it does not make it wrong or absurd Hadees. 

    This is personal experience from Muslim friends, they also advice me that you do not say at least in front of Muslims that this Hadees are wrong, our Hadees cannot be wrong but can be weak, so when I talk to Muslim I should never say Hadees are wrong otherwise it hurts Muslim sentiments.

    Well I am writing know if same response comes by comments I have decided not to even write for life time or comment on Hadees. As I said if Muslims treat Hadees as Madaris( Snake Charmers) they can keep playing with it.

    It is not concerns for other religions. They. Will be concerns which effects or going to effect to other religious community like Gazwa-e-hind. Otherwise the Hadees effecting Muslims life and Muslim themselves they better play with it.

    By Aayina - 9/5/2015 5:56:03 PM

  • Don't bother yourself about these ignorant and foolish people who are Anti-Quranic. Only Allah will guide those who have gone astray. Educated people do not need to know about them and bother themselves.
    By Naseem Ahmed - 9/5/2015 9:57:59 AM

  • Dear Mike,
    So kind of you to respond favorably. The paucity of response indicates the lack of enthusiasm of the typical male commentators to eradicating the menace - though I may be mistaken. As you are in a far better position to give publicity to the article and get it out in the Indian Press, I solicit your help. 

    By muhammad yunus - 9/5/2015 9:42:02 AM

  • Dear Yunus,  Thanks for writing this piece,  please start a movement to build consensus among Muslims to remove this injustice to women.  
    Far too long, the false Ulemas have passed on the man made Sharia as God’s Sharia. Thank God for the awakening, many a Muslims have started seeing the laanat of man-made Sharia law, here is such an example.
    In the beginning of this year, the Ulema in Pakistan rejected the DNA evidence in case of rapes, they still wanted 4 men who had shamelessly watched the rape as witness.

    Muslim around the world  have started seeing the difference between the man made and God made Sharia, and I hope we can gather a movement to ban the triple Talaq, and evil practice.      

    I have been wanting to write, but so pressed for the time.  Please work on getting this published in Indian news papers, hoping it would gather momentum to bring justice to women.  

    By Mike Ghouse - 9/5/2015 3:40:03 AM

  • Well said, Yunussaab!
    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 9/4/2015 1:20:00 PM

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