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‘Early marriage not Islamic’

Maiduguri -  A Professor in the Department of Shariah Law at the University of Maiduguri, Borno State, Professor Muhammad Mu’azu Nguru has said that early marriage, early childbearing and lack of access to educational opportunities which are very common among the people in the North- Eastern region of the country, particularly the Muslims, have limited young women’s access to employment opportunities and left them to wallow in abject poverty.

The Professor stated this at a one-day advocacy campaign/meeting on, Promoting the Health and Wellbeing of Married Adolescents in the North-East, which was organised by the Community Health and Youth Friendly Association (CHAYFA) an indigenous non-governmental organisation in collaboration with Action Health Incorporated and The David and Lucille Packard Foundation.

He said, therefore, that the Quran does not set a minimum age for marriage, but it cautions that one should not throw himself into perdition or make his hands to commit what is detrimental or harmful to his body (Q.2:195.), especially as regards the forceful imposition of early marriage by parents, which is now common practice in the North-East.

Professor Nguru said marriage in Islam means “to join a man and woman together as husband and wife in a lawful way,” adding that Islam views marriage as a strong bond, a challenge, and commitment to life, to society and to the dignified meaningful survival of human race (Hammudah A. 1975).


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