Granting women, men equal inheritance rights violates Islamic Sharia: Egypt's mufti

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Mon, 26 Nov 2018 - 08:55 GMT

Egypt's Grand Mufti Shawki Allam during an instructive symposium at Police Academy on November 28, 2017 — Press Photo

Egypt's Grand Mufti Shawki Allam during an instructive symposium at Police Academy on November 28, 2017 — Press Photo

CAIRO, Nov 26 (MENA) - Mufti of Egypt Shawki Allam stressed on Monday that granting women and men equal inheritance rights violates Islamic Sharia.

In a statement, the Mufti said the concept of gender equality in inheritance is against Islam's teachings.

Islamic Sharia allows men to inherit double what a woman would receive.

In Islam, Ijtihad is not employed where authentic texts (Qur'an and Hadith) are considered unambiguous with regard to the matter in question, he said.

All inheritance laws are detailed in Quran in a clear way, he added.

The remarks came after Tunisia’s president on Monday proposed giving women equal inheritance rights in a clear challenge to Islamic law.

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