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No age restriction in Islamic marriage – Prof Akintola

BY EBUN SESSOU
Prof Ishaq Akintola, Director of Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), has expressed support for the controversial underage marriage law currently generating furore in the polity.

In a statement sent to African Examiner, an online magazine, he said teen marriage was in order, stressing that there is “no age factor in Islamic Marriage”.

Prof Ishaq Akintola
Prof Ishaq Akintola

According to him,  “The conditions of marriage in Islam  are four: Proposal and acceptance (al-Ijaab wa alqubuul), approval by both parents (ridaa alwaalidayn), payment of a dowry  by the groom (al-mihr) and the presence of at least two male  witnesses at the ceremony (shaahidayn ‘aadilayn).

“Age is therefore not part of the conditions which must be met  before marriage can be solemnised in Islam. Where the bride is a  ‘minor’, Islam prescribes protective solemnisation of marriage  without consummation.

“This means that the girl who is deemed to be of tender age is left untouched by the man until she attains puberty. Another major condition for child marriage is that the girl herself has the right to  repudiate the marriage when she attains maturity if she does not  like her ‘spouse’.”

“Islam is a complete way of life and its institutions (including that of marriage) are based on divinely ordained and well documented  rules. Whoever wishes to legislate constructively or comment objectively  on any aspect of Islam must therefore arm himself with the divine and documentary evidence. Anything short of this will earn lawmakers and commentators disrespect and contempt of Islamdom,” he quipped.

 


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