Waw! There is hope for the world after all! In KSA, a judge nullified the forced marriage of a 14 year old girl to an old pedophile geezer of over 70! (read article here)
he girl went to the court with her divorced mother and told the judge to save her life as her father had forced her to marry a man who was older than her grandfather.
She also complained that her stepmother asked her father to get rid of her in any way possible, Al-Riyadh newspaper reported yesterday.
The girl, whose name was not published, is a student of the first standard at an intermediate school in Qatif. She has not been attending the school for some time fearing her father would take her home by force. The girl is staying with her mother now.
The judge said in the judgment that the marriage was illegal even though it had been registered because the girl did not agree to the marriage.
“After examining the documents of the case, I am convinced that the petitioner was forced by her father to get married.
“The girl did not publicly express her unwillingness to the marriage because her father had threatened to punish her severely if she objected to the marriage. It is under this situation that the girl ran away from her father’s house to her mother and sought the court’s protection,” the judge said in his ruling.
The judge added that he was handing down the verdict in the spirit of the Shariah law.
For those visiting my blog who are not muslim, (and for those who are, but know nothing about it (which is often so but not amongst visitors to this blog)) Islam is not inherently ”female-unfriendly”: One of the conditions for a valid marriage is the presence and approval of both partners.
It’s just that too many ”Islamic” countries choose to ignore the many rights women have in Islam. Saudi Arabia being a good example. Childbrides are often sold off for a dowry. Which is also incorrect, as the dowry should be the property of the wife, not the guardian. Therefore it is very good to read that for once the courts have upheld the rights of a girl trapped into an unequal marriage by an irresponsible father.
Actually there is even a hadith stating; that the Prophet (pbuh) said: “A single woman has more right over herself (for marriage) than has her guardian.” (Sunan Abî Dâwûd, Sunan al-Tirmidhî, and Musnad Ahmad)
From the fatwa archive of Islam today:
|Sheikh Salman al-Oadah|
|It is a woman’s right to choose her life partner. It is unlawful for her guardian – regardless of who he is – or for anyone else to deny her this right or to force her into an unwanted marriage. Likewise, it is unlawful for him to prevent her from marrying a suitor of equal status or to prevent her form marriage altogether in order to take her money or to use her for housework, or due to some cultural notion of honor.
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “A virgin cannot be married to someone without first seeking her consent.” [Sahîh al-Bukhârî and Sahîh Muslim]
This is the correct opinion expressed by the jurists and it is the opinion that accords with the explicit dictates of the sacred texts.
It is the duty of the political authority to legislate punishments for any violation of these rights and also to revoke the guardianship of such men.
I call upon women to show courage and strength, and to stand up for their rights. They should not allow anyone to prohibit them altogether from their right to marriage. They should not let anyone force them into an unwanted marriage.