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Monday, June 16, 2008

By Law, a Muslim Man will not marry more than one Woman

Hoda Rashwan of Al Masry Al Youm newspaper wrote:

(Arabic version)

"The National Democratic Party (NDP) began intensive internal discussions of the personal status law, while women's rights organizations called for restricting polygamy, canceling divorce in absentia and granting custom-married women equal rights as regular wives.

NDP Women's Secretariat President Dr. Hoda Rashad told al-Masry al-Youm that the draft law would be presented for public discussion and that comments by women's associations would be considered. She said the draft covers all marriage stages, including betrothal, divorce and the rights of each party."

Why am I not laughing when the new personal status law is about to define the boundaries of marriage starting from engagement - yes they will dictate the appropriate decorum in this phase - to marriage pillars, rules, dowry, divorce, polygamy, and alimony.

Let me tell you why ... because I can easily see where this is going

Ok ...

Here is the MB's arguments ... I can already hear their husky voices reciting verses from Qura'an and quoting Prophet Mohammed. I can see them hopping between the words as they skip the lines that do not suit their notions saying:

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6 comments:

Abominatrix said...

This is so hopeless...

Zaki said...

I do not think it is hopeless. In fact, it is a good step if it is only to make the patriachial entrenched culture a bit irritated and challenged if not annoyed a bit by its backwardness and mysogyny. We all know that this law has no chance of being ratified; for there is no recourse to faireness and equal justice under human rights principles in these countries.

Anonymous said...

Poor Marwa... Just a candle in the wind!!!

razan said...

i just want to say that you are one of my favorite bloggeresses, i write for GV covering syrian bloggers, hope to meet you soon!
best.

Anonymous said...

May be I love my mom so much that I can't see her flaws and I assume that people misinterpret her because they really don't know her, they're just biased! However, may be I am the biased one, and I can't see or choose not to see that the problem may be in my mom and not the people judging her!

We are debating the interpretation of existing approved verses. I support the modern wave of Islam, that combines the principles of mercy and decency with common sense humanistic thinking. But I see this modern school fighting very weakly with the old fundamentalistic school, and the reason in my opinion, that the modern school can not find strong clear verses when debating a specific topic, they usually use vague general verses of mercy and decency, but on the other hand the fundamentalistic school strike hard with strong clear verses relating directly to the topic debated, and then the modern school when finds itself trapped, they debate the interpretation based on humanistic thinking!! Which for a simple average Egyptian watching the debate would 100% be convinced with the fundamentalistic school, because simply, they just feel more authentic and they don't challenge his simple brains and what he has been raised on since he was a kid.

To sum my point clearly, I don't think the problem is in the modern school or the old one, may be the problem is in what we are debating, and because we love it so much, we can not think that the problem is in itself and not the interpretations ... exactly like my "mom". I know that my final statement would sound extremely outrageous, and may be if I said pubically I would be killed immediately. And I did not have the courage to write my name here, but I guess someone should have said some way or another.

Anonymous said...

One final thing, I hope that the modern school rules the old one!! Imagine how life would be much better!!!