23 July, 2024


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 isn’t worthy of being appointed a Qazi (judge).

Rizvi Mufthi

The ACJU is the main body of theologians of Muslims in Sri Lanka.

In a brief document dated March 2017 of which the Colombo Telegraph possesses a copy, the clerics have said that therefore they oppose the appointing of female judges (Qazis).

The Hadiths, which was compiled at least 230 years after the death of the Prophet quotes Muhammad the Prophet of Islam as making the statement, the veracity of which has been questioned throughout the Islamic intellectual tradition.

The submission also includes the fact of the marriage of the Prophet to Aisha, of which the contract of marriage was said to have taken place when she was 6 years of age.

It uses the story as a justification for the marriage of girls who have not attained puberty.

Again quoting a Hadith the document says “A father giving in marriage his daughter before attaining puberty is possible and this is the evidence that Abu Bakr (RA) gave Aisha (RA) on marriage to the Prophet (PBUH) when she was 6”.

However, the narration is also a construct of later day scholars although documented in Bukhari, one of the most voluminous of the compilers and considered to be a Sahih (truthful) Hadith.

There has been no other evidence to the effect that Aisha was in fact 6 and that the marriage was consummated when she was 9 except for Hadith, which according to academics was compilation though hearsay. Muhammad is said to have been 53 years at the time.

The ACJU accordingly has made a sweeping conclusion saying they are against any female judge sitting in as a Qazi and that her edicts will be not binding as per the Sharia and will therefore be null and void. Instead the ACJU has sought to confine the female in a consultative capacity.

Adding insult to injury, the ACJU has justified its view using the same justification of Saudi Arabia- saying “It is to protect the rights, honour and modesty of women”.

The head cleric of the ACJU Mufthi Rizwe was yesterday on record saying that the MMDA is “perfect in the present state”.

Several organizations including Muslim led civil society groups and the media have highlighted and documented many issues of rural Muslim women suffering as a result of the MMDA, including many instances of child marriage.

Click here to read the full submission

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  • 1

    K.Anaga you say:
    “Without man religion will die a natural death and the world will be better”
    You,idiot you cannot make a more stupid statement.
    If as you say without man religion will die. Then who will be in the better world,perhaps animals like you.
    They certainly will not need religion. Animals have instinct, so they need not have a religion.
    Please do not make comments just to gain publicity.

    This forum will be better without many like you.

  • 0

    Dear Ayman,

    “You are free to learn from Shia and go along to their final abode”

    Frankly it does not matter to me to which of YOUR “final abodes” I go to.

    Your statement shows the extent of your indoctrination, and the fear psychosis that has been introduced to the majority of Muslims.
    Similar to Karl Marx’s “Opium”.

    But I am happy about the first part of your statement viz., “you are free to learn from Shia”.

    According to Islam and all world religions, so are you.

    However since you have mentioned this, I researched it and found the following on


    In another verse, the Quran talks about the Shia of Moses “And he (Moses) went into the city at a time when people (of the city) were not watching, so he found therein two men fighting, one being of his shia and the other being his enemy, and the one who was of his shia cried out to him for help against the one who was of his enemy” (Quran 28:15)

    Thus shia is an official word used by Allah in His Quran for His high ranking prophets as well as their followers.

    The Messenger of Allah said to Ali: “Glad tidings O Ali! Verily you, your companions and your Shia (followers) will be in Paradise.”

    Sunni references:
     Fadha’il al-Sahaba, by Ahmad Ibn Hanbal, v2, p655
     Hilyatul Awliyaa, by Abu Nu’aym, v4, p329
     Tarikh, by al-Khateeb al-Baghdadi, v12, p289
     al-Awsat, by al-Tabarani  Majma’ al-Zawa’id, by al-Haytami, v10, pp 21-22

    Therefore we see the Messenger of Allah (sawa) used the phrase “Shia of Ali.” End of Quote.

    Dear Ayman, Consider this: if your Prophet has already mentioned the Shia of Ali favourably, then who are the deviants? 296 words

  • 0


    The mind of a religious man is well exhibited. If there is a GOD please forgive him because he knows not what he speaks. Animals don’t kill human for food but humans?

  • 0

    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”.

    A Hadith is from “Muslim Prophets” appointed by Man not God.

    In SL we had two women as heads of state. The country was peaceful. Did we not prosper? Killing fields and Tamil genocide were done by a head of state, a man, named MR and his murderers and, Muslim men in the GSL supported this criminality.

    You ask any man in SL about his mother. Mostly they appreciate their mothers being loving, kind, good and gracious and pragmatic in their affairs leading to shaping their future than their fathers.

    Yet ACJU is hate mongering among people, especially among the legislators who draft laws in SL.

    This is because Quoran preaches hatred and even cruelty and killing. Read Quoran Chapter 5 verse 33, chapter 8; 12 and chapter 47;4. you understand the truth.

    It caused Muslims to be cruel and it created Taliban, Al Queda, ISIS and now3n ACJU in SL, all under the cover of the religion of Islam.

    GSL should take ACJU to courts and punish them severely.

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