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MMDA – The Bat In The Belfry: Popular Fallacy Or Collective Delusion

By Ruwan Laknath Jayakody and Faizer Shaheid – The Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act (MMDA), No. 13 of 1951, has rightfully come under fire lately for being patriarchal, and in relation to certain issues such as child marriage, even reprehensible. The patriarchy is so deeply rooted that no female is entitled to become a Quazi […]

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Sri Lankan Muslim Clerics Revert Stance On MMDA Reform; But No Mention Of Child Marriage

The All Ceylon Jamiyathul Ulama today reverted its said position and admitted that the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act needs reforms, however with no reference to the need for reform of Child Marriage and the consent required from females when entering a contract of marriage among other key issues. Responding to the assertion of the […]

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Muslim Clerics Acting In Bad Faith: Using All Resources To Hamper Progress On MMDA Reforms

Chairman of the Muslim Personal Law reform committee former Supreme Court Judge, Justice Saleem Marsoof said the All Ceylon Jamiyathul Ulama (ACJU) have acted in contravention of the good faith reposed in them, and instead have extended all their resources to stunt the work of the committee. He also said the actions by the ACJU […]

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On The Sauce That Is The MMDA

By Abdul Halik Azeez – Now there’s a word on everyone’s lips. MMDA is the new MD Sauce, competing with those Kist sauce ads of yesteryear. Remember the boy who could eat all those cutlets? Maybe many years from now MMDA will only evoke the social justice equivalents of fish cutlets. A few Liberal activists […]

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Religious Leaders Cannot Be Trusted To Reform MMDA: Women’s Action Network

Women’s Action Network (WAN*) is appalled and deeply disappointed by recent statements by Rizwe Mufthi, President of the All Ceylon Jamiyathul Ulama (ACJU) in a recent interview, that the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act (MMDA) is “perfect in the present state” and does not require changes. With religious leaders invoking tradition to block fundamental rights, […]

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MPLRAG Issues Four Guiding Principles For MMDA Reforms; Demands A Place For Muslim Women In The Process

The Muslim Personal Law Reforms Action Group (MPLRAG) has spelt out four guiding principles for the state to ensure when carrying out the reforms for the Sri Lankan Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act (MMDA) of 1951, while reiterating the State’s responsibility to ensure ‘equality, justice and non-discrimination.’ The guiding principles for the reforms covered; the […]

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Muslim Feminists, Anti-Reformists, The MMDA & The Ground Realities

By Sabra Zahid – The anti- reformist sections within the Muslim community, in relation to the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act (MMDA), allege that the “Muslim feminists are stirring issues” “asking for all sorts of things”, “making a mountain out of a molehill”, “want to change the Shariah“, and other accusations. They also allege that […]

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Justice Marsoof Commission Finalizing Recommendations For MMDA Amendment

Chairman of the Committee appointed to make recommendations for the amendment of the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act (MMDA), former Judge of the Supreme Court, Justice Saleem Marsoof has announced that his Committee is in the process of finalizing its report, while assuring that the recommendations will benefit the Muslim community at large. Issuing a […]

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Regressive Groups Continue To Throw Hurdles At MMDA Reforms

Archaic minded groups continued to be an obstacle by throwing hurdles at the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act (MMDA) reforms, with the Colombo District Masjid Federation (CDMF) carrying out a signature campaign in an effort to hamper the reform process. Last Friday, the CDMF launched a campaign to collect signatures from Muslim men against the […]

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MMDA: Personal Laws At The Expense Of Fundamental Rights?

By Sabra Zahid – Given the division within the Muslim community with regard to reforming the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act of 1951 (MMDA), I thought I’d put down something as well to add to the discussion and also specifically after having listened to a few ladies share their experiences in the jury of a […]

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