Dar Al-Iftaa again stands in the way of an Egyptian lawyer who promoted ‘part time marriage’



Mon, 23 Aug 2021 - 11:33 GMT


Mon, 23 Aug 2021 - 11:33 GMT

FILE - Marriage rings – Creative Commons

FILE - Marriage rings – Creative Commons

CAIRO – 23 August 2021: A lawyer who had stirred controversy over an initiative early this year that he named “experimental marriage” came up again this month with the idea of a “part time” marriage.

“A mutual husband or a husband for some time (part time) or a borrowed husband, even for one day per week is better than the moral deviation the society has reached,” Lawyer Ahmed Mahran said.

In a Facebook post, Mahran said “in order to eliminate divorce and curb the spread of divorce and the rise of marriage age, [there is] a trilateral initiative; part time marriage, a borrowed husband, marry her and her divorced friend.”

Mahran said his initiative differs from “temporary/pleasure marriage” that Muslim scholars describe as forbidden “haram,” affirming that the part time marriage is a permanent, forever marriage.

Dar Al-Iftaa, Egypt’s religious authority concerned with issuing Islamic fatwas (opinions), had censured Mahran in January after suggesting the “experimental marriage” initiative.

In a statement, Dar Al-Iftaa said “obviously, the one who gave this description to this marriage wanted to achieve propaganda gains at the expense of the well-established societal values of the family.”

At the time, Dar Al-Iftaa said writing down conditions in the marriage contract banning husband from the right of divorcing his wife is invalid.

In a tweet on Sunday, Dar Al-Iftaa used a similar language, considering the new “part time marriage” term as motivated by the “love of fame” and seeks to “destabilize values.”

In a statement on Twitter, Dar Al-Iftaa said: “We should not be drawn behind calls for the modernity of terminology of the marriage contract, which has increased in recent times.”

Dar Al-Iftaa said “creates confusion in the society, and negatively affects the meaning of stability and cohesion of the family, which our true religion is keen on and is nurtured by the laws of the state.”

“The legal marriage is what is intended for permanence and continuity and is not limited to certain duration. Otherwise, it is a forbidden marriage that does not have the legal consequences of marriage,” Dar Al-Iftaa added.

Mahran commented on Dar Al-Iftaa’s statement, saying that the “part time” marriage is permanent but takes into consideration the circumstances that may prevent the husband from living permanently with his part time wife.

These circumstances include hard work circumstances that can oblige the husband to be absent from home for long periods.

“What I mean is a new lifestyle, not a new marriage type as some people claim,” he wrote in a Facebook post.

Speaking to Egypt Today, Mohamed Abdel Fattah, a social observer, said the initiative did not add anything new and that the two initiatives are both a “storm in a teacup”.

“Putting conditions in a marriage contract is valid in Islam and staying away from wife for several days due to work conditions is also okay and having more than a wife is fine, where is the problem?,” Abdel Fattah said.

“What the man is doing is inventing new names, confusing matters and provoking people on social media, and before it goes too far, he posts new videos and remarks affirming that his initiative ‘is nothing new’,” Abdel Fattah added.

Checking Twitter, the majority of social media responses have been against the initiative.

Abdel Fattah said whoever is responsible for these initiatives only seek fame and social media response, whether or good or bad.




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