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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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The Urgent Need To Reform The Muslim Marriage & Divorce Act

By Gitanjali Marcelline – An urgent need has arisen to reform Muslim Marriage & Divorce Act (MMDA) of 1951. Before I explain the reasons why, let us see how this Act came about. Based on representations made by the Kathis Association, the government set up an all-male committee in 1939 comprising the Registrar General and Mahrooms […]

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The Need To Legalize ‘Underage Marriages’

By Muhammed Fazl – “When a woman has scholarly inclinations, there is usually something wrong with her sexuality” – Friedrich Nietzsche The last time I attended a panel discussion on ‘Constitutional Reforms’ where feminist movements were seen ‘moving mountains’ to change divine laws governing Muslim marriages and inheritance among other changes to the Constitution, I […]

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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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Muslim Women: Second-Class Rights Holders In Sri Lanka’s Quazi System

By Shreen Saroor – Despite volumes of research and recommendations for reform, Sri Lanka’s Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act of 1951 (MMDA) and the Quazi court system remain untouched and continue to oppress Muslim women. Muslim women face issues such as domestic violence, exploitation, child marriage, and the prospect of their husbands taking multiple wives, […]

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MMDA: Kandy Forum Says Reforms Needed To Enhance Social Status Of Muslim Women

While emphasizing the need to enhance the social status of Muslim women in particular, the Kandy Forum has proposes changes in the areas of minimum age for marriage, consent of the bride, polygamy, mahar and dowry, divorce, maintenance and exclusion of women as administrative officers in the controversial Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act (MMDA). In […]

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Muslims Condemn Abuse And Threats Against Women From Within The Community For Advocating MMDA Reforms

A cross section of Muslims have banded together to unequivocally condemn the recent threats against women activists who have been involved in recent campaigns to reform the Muslim personal laws. In a statement issued today, signed by over 100 Muslims from Sri Lanka, comprising of professionals, academics, including Lawyers, social activists, teachers, lecturers, corporate leaders, […]

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Muslim Marriage & Divorce Act, Some Perspectives On Rights And Reforms – Part II

By Mass L. Usuf – To preach about a thing and not act upon it is being insincere, dishonest and uncivil. In so far as fundamental rights and human rights in Islam are concerned the psychological state of the Muslims worldwide stinks with intransigence, prejudice and lethargy. Thus, paving the way for others to tell […]

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SLTJ’s MMDA Protest And (Un-Islamic) Abusive Criticism

By Mohamed Harees – ‘You who believe! show integrity for the sake of Allah, bearing witness with justice. Do not let hatred for a people incite you into not being just. Be just. That is closer to taqwa. Fear [and respect] Allah. Allah is aware of what you do’. ~ (Quran : Surat al-Maida, 8) […]

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Muslim Personal Laws Reforms; On Or Not?

By Ameer M Faaiz – In announcing the decisions made by the Cabinet of Ministers last Wednesday, the Government spokesperson has stated, amongst others, that the Cabinet has decided to appoint a Sub-Committee of Ministers to study and recommend reforms to the Muslim law in Sri Lanka, with a view to bringing it in line […]

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