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What is the philosophy behind the observance of Iddah?

What is the philosophy behind the observance of Iddah?

In verse 228 of Suratul Baqarah, we read: وَالْمُطَلَّقاتُ يَتَرَبَّصْنَ بِأَنْفُسِهِنَّ ثَلاثَةَ قُرُوءِ “And the divorced women should keep themselves in waiting for three courses.” The question that crops up here is: What is the philosophy behind this Islamic ruling? Since the breaking up of families generally tends to inflict irreparable damage upon the fabric of a society, Islam has set stipulations which, till the maximum possible limit, seek to ... Read More »

What is the philosophy behind Muhallil?

What is the philosophy behind Muhallil?

After the third divorce, the man and the woman must separate from each other forever; however, if the woman enters into matrimony with another man and, after the consummation of this marriage, procures divorce from him, she can then marry the first husband again if she so desires. The question which arises here is: What is the philosophy behind this Islamic ruling? In specific circumstances divorce, like marriage, becomes a ... Read More »

Did temporary marriage exist during the time of the Noble Prophet ?

Did temporary marriage exist during the time of the Noble Prophet ?

The general consensus of the Islamic scholars indicates that temporary marriage was lawful during the initial period of Islam and, in fact, the essentials of religion too emphasize this lawfulness – (and the difference of opinion that exists in connection with verse 24 of Suratul Nisa): فَمَا اسْتَمْتَعْـتُمْ بِهِ مِنْهُنَّ فَآتُوهُنَّ أُجُورَهُنَّ فَرِيضَةً “Then as to those whom you profit by, give them their dowries as appointed.” as to whether ... Read More »

What is the philosophy behind temporary marriage?

What is the philosophy behind temporary marriage?

It is a general and universal rule that if man’s natural impulses are not satiated in the correct manner, he will resort to incorrect and devious means in order to satiate himself. In reality, the natural desires cannot be eliminated; and upon the supposition that they could be eliminated, such an act would not at all be rational for then it would be tantamount to opposing the laws of Creation. ... Read More »

What is meant by ‘justice’  with respect to polygamy?

What is meant by ‘justice’ with respect to polygamy?

In verse 3 of SuratulNisa, we read: فَإِنْ خِفْتُمْ أَلاَّ تَعْدِلُوا فَوَاحِدَةً “…but if you fear that you will not do justice (between them), then (marry) only one.” Similarly, in verse 129 of this same chapter, we read: وَ لَنْ تَسْتَطِيعُوا أَنْ تَعْدِلُوا بَيْنَ النِّسَاءِ وَ لَوْ حَرَصْـتُمْ “And you have it not in your power to do justice between wives, even though you may wish (it).” The question that ... Read More »

Why are men permitted to have more than one spouse ?

Why are men permitted to have more than one spouse ?

The Noble Qur`an has permitted polygamy (but, with strict conditions and within prescribed limits) and here we have to face up to a barrage of objections and assaults of the opponents, who, armed with a cursory study and influenced by imprudent sentiments, have set out to oppose this Islamic ruling. The Westerners, in particular, tend to criticize us by saying that Islam has permitted the males to create a harem ... Read More »

How does Islam permit the physical punishment of women?

How does Islam permit the physical punishment of women?

In verse 34 of Suratul Nisa, we read: وَ اللاَّتِي تَخَافُونَ نُشُوزَهُنَّ فَعِظُوهُنَّ وَ اهْجُرُوهُنَّ فِي الْمَضَاجِعِ وَ اضْرِبُوهُنَّ “And (as to) those on whose part you fear desertion, admonish them, and (if ineffective) leave them alone in the sleeping-places and (if even this proves futile with no way of compelling them into fulfilling their responsibilities, except the use of force, then) beat them.” The question that arises here is: ... Read More »

What is the philosophy behind the dower for women?

What is the philosophy behind the dower for women?

In the Age of Ignorance, since the people did not attach any significance to the women, they would essentially place the dower of the women, which was their incontrovertible right, in the hands of their guardians and it was looked upon as the rightful property of the guardians. At times, they would even stipulate the dower of a woman to be the marriage of another woman; for example, a brother ... Read More »

Why is Blood Money for Women half that for Men?

Why is Blood Money for Women half that for Men?

Some individuals might possibly object that in the verses of qisas (retaliation) it has been ordered that a man should not be subjected to retaliation for the murder of a woman; but is a man superior to a woman? Why should a criminal, having killed a woman and shed unwarranted blood of a gender constituting more than half the global population, not be subjected to retaliation for his crime? In ... Read More »

why does a woman inherit less than a man in Islam?

why does a woman inherit less than a man in Islam?

Although it appears that the inheritance of men is twice that of women, a closer look reveals that from one viewpoint, the inheritance of women is twice that of men! This is due to Islam’s support for the rights of women. Explanation Islam has placed certain responsibilities upon men, as a result of which, virtually one half of their earnings is spent upon women whereas no such responsibilities have been ... Read More »