No Age Restriction in Islamic Marriage – Director of Muslim Rights Concern

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Prof. Ishaq Akintola, Director of Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), has expressed support for the controversial underage marriage law currently generating furore in the polity.

ishaqIn a statement sent to African Examiner, an online magazine, he said teen marriage was in order, stressing that there is “no age factor in Islamic Marriage”.

According to him, “The conditions of marriage in Islam are four: Proposal and acceptance (al-Ijaab wa alqubuul), approval by both parents (ridaa alwaalidayn), payment of a dowry by the groom (al-mihr) and the presence of at least two male witnesses at the ceremony (shaahidayn ‘aadilayn).

“Age is therefore not part of the conditions which must be met before marriage can be solemnised in Islam. Where the bride is a ‘minor’, Islam prescribes protective solemnisation of marriage without consummation.

“This means that the girl who is deemed to be of tender age is left untouched by the man until she attains puberty. Another major condition for child marriage is that the girl herself has the right to repudiate the marriage when she attains maturity if she does not like her ‘spouse’.”

“Islam is a complete way of life and its institutions (including that of marriage) are based on divinely ordained and well documented rules. Whoever wishes to legislate constructively or comment objectively on any aspect of Islam must therefore arm himself with the divine and documentary evidence. Anything short of this will earn lawmakers and commentators disrespect and contempt of Islamdom,” he quipped.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. We’re talking of the constitution of Nigeria, you’re talking of islamic law. You people don’t even understand what we’re talking about. Or, do you want to replace Nigeria Constitution with your islamic law?

  2. Sheikh u are right. Dis is not too different from African customary procedures. But d constitution must continue to take effect in all matters relative to sexual offences irrespective of religion. Chike na.

  3. So let all citizens marry according to their cultural or religious beliefs especially where both parties share a congruency in dis regard.

  4. Following Ese’s case is a growing number of allegations of other minors being abducted, forced into marriage and converted to Islam. Isn’t this worrisome?  

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