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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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Sri Lankan Muslim Clerics Say Women Are Not Equal To Men, Defend Marriage Before Puberty

In an alarming submission made to several parliamentarians and other conservative groups with regard to proposed amendments to the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act (MMDA), the All Ceylon Jamiyathul Ulama (ACJU) has said that they agree with the Hadith “No people will ever prosper who appoint a woman in charge of their affairs” and therefore a woman […]

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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 Law: The Need For Reform

By Reeza Hameed – The All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama (ACJU) is opposed to making any changes to the existing Muslim family law. Mufti Rizwi, who is a member of the Saleem Marsoof Committee appointed to look into reforms to the Muslims Marriages and Divorces Act (MMDA) of 1951, has made the oracular pronouncement that the […]

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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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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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Sri Lanka’s Anti-Muslim Campaign Fuels Discord

By Munza Mushtaq – Sri Lanka’s minority Muslim community is coming under intense pressure from a hard-line Buddhist monk organization allegedly linked to certain powerful individuals in the President Mahinda Rajapaksa-led administration. The Buddhist Power Force, more commonly known as the “Bodu Bala Sena” (BBS) in the native Sinhala language has lashed out at the […]

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