Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Time to review syariah laws, says Mufti

The country's Islamic Family Law needs to be comprehensively reviewed although it has been enforced all this while, according to Perlis Mufti Dr Juanda Jaya.

He said one of the issues that should be looked into is marriages involving underage girls, which could be curbed by the religious authority (court).

Juanda was responding to the widely reported controversial child marriages between two girls aged 10 and 11 to two men aged 40 and 41 in Kelantan recently.

While several NGOs have spoken out against these child marriages, Islamic Affairs Minister Jamil Khir Baharom had on Tuesday defended Islamic laws that allow girls under 16 to marry.

Jamil Khir had reportedly said: “Maturity is a subjective question. It depends on the development of the person. Maturity is not based on age solely. There is no need to amend the law…"

Juanda, meanwhile said it would be sad if weaknesses in the Islamic Family Law were left unchecked as this could tarnish the image of the religion.

"Do we want our syariah law to be complete and beautiful, or outdated and narrow?" he said adding that besides the Islamic Family Law, the other syariah laws could also be reviewed.

He said it was time for all Muslims to seriously address the issues to protect the image of Islam and the community.

courtesy of FreeMalaysiaToday

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