Islamic Leaders Reject Proposal to Give Women a Say in Divorce

by Admin on February 10, 2017

Egypt’s top Islamic authority unanimously rejected the reforms

800px-Women_in_EgyptSource: http://www.flickr.com/photos/babasteve/5579870/ 

Egypt’s top Islamic authority rejected the government’s proposal to amend the current divorce law which allows men to divorce their wives without going through a court of law.

Independent reports, “the Council of Senior Clerics in Al-Azhar – the highest authority in Sunni Islam – rejected President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi‘s suggestion that Egypt should end the practice in a rare rebuttal of the government.”

Under Egypt’s current law, Muslim men can divorce their wives without having to resort to legal justification or consult a court or cleric whereas Muslim women can only seek divorces in a court of law and with the consent of their husband.

The council released a statement saying that the practice has been “undisputed” for seven centuries and that only men with a “sound mind” can divorce their wives.

An international divorce lawyer in Thailand spoke to Thailawforum regarding the issue and said, “The law should be made in such a way that does not allow for interference from religious groups. Just because something has been done for centuries does not mean its right.”

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