Triple Talaq: Muslim Personal Law Board Should Read the Quran
While serious discussions have been held on the issue around the world and these are well-documented, the AIMPLB is not ready to take a cue from these developments, including those in the Arab world.
Read the entire Quran and you wouldn't find a mention of triple talaq, which is a mindless action on the part of the husband.
Talaq in Quran Is a Long ‘Mechanism’
Triple talaq is mostly uttered by people in extreme rage, when the person loses the capability to take a sane decision. To give it legal teeth is illogical and anti-Islamic.
It does not allow the husband to take the decision on his whims and destroy a family he and his wife and the larger family had built over the years.
While the AIMPLB said triple talaq is sanctioned by Quran and the Hadith, this is not so.
Triple Talaq in Surah
In the Surah Talaq, the Quran mentions how the mechanism of divorce works. The Quran talks about talaq being a long process with a fixed period and forbids the wife to leave the house in the entire period to allow the couple to reconcile.
Divorce in Quran
At another place, the Quran talks about divorce being permissible twice and then the couple should decide if they have to live together. If they decide to separate, it orders them to separate amicably and not allow the husband to usurp the lawful rights a woman has in such circumstances.
At another place, the Quran asks the family to arbiter if the differences between husband and wife have become irreconcilable.
The Quran nowhere allows the mindless act of triple talaq in a single sitting. On the contrary, there are clear evidences from the life of the Prophet, when he asked Abdullah bin Abbas, an aide, to take back his wife, whom he had divorced in a way that was not proper.
The Quran says: "A divorce is only permissible twice: after that, the parties should either hold together on equitable terms, or separate with kindness. It is not lawful for you (men), to take back any of your gifts, except when both parties fear that they would be unable to keep the limits ordained by Allah.”
“If ye (judges) do indeed fear that they would be unable to keep the limits ordained by Allah, there is no blame on either of them if she gives something for her freedom. These are the limits ordained by Allah. So do not transgress them, if any does transgress the limits ordained by Allah, such persons wrong (themselves as well as others)," it states.
Muslim Personal Law Board’s Stand Illogical?
The Muslim Personal Law Board's stand is arbitrary and illogical not just regarding triple talaq in a single sitting, but also when it comes to the compensation at the time of talaq.
When a wife of decades is divorced at the spur of the moment, they claim the husband will give only mehr (bride money) which was committed to her at the time of marriage.
The Quran asks people who have been forced by circumstances to separate to pay to the wife who is being divorced. It adds that the money paid will depend on the financial condition of the husband.
In the given circumstances, the Personal Law Board would have done well to come up with a correct reading of the Quran and shariah and not be bogged down by what it has been following without any Quranic sanction.
(Syed Ubaidur Rahman is a New Delhi-based author and commentator. He can be reached on email@example.com. This is an opinion piece and the views expressed above are the author’s own. The Quint neither endorses nor is responsible for the same.)
(This article has been published in arrangement with IANS.)
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