The Koran allows a man to marry four women. “Marry women of your choice, two, or three, or four” (Sure women 4:3).Â And since the Koran is from the perfect man, for all time and all places, we have a beautiful model of conduct that can’t be changed, ever…
* Just like child-marriage in Yemen: the new law to marry off girls with 15 is encountering resistance based on sharia law, which invokesÂ Muhammad’s own exampleÂ (as a model of exemplary conduct, per Qur’an 33:21) in marrying Aisha at age six and consummating the marriage when she was nine. “Yemen: New law moves to reduce child marriages,” from Dhimmi Watch
Just like this pedophile ex-jihadist here:Â Â Â “Sure.Â In Islam, and this is what we were taught, a girl is mature from the age of nine. This is true with regard to Sunnis as well as Shiites. You are focusing on Shia Islam, because I am a Shiite, but according to religious jurisprudence, a girl is mature at the age of nine. This is where we got this idea. I was a child, and so was she, so I was not allowed to touch her, if I didn’t form with her the kind of relation that permitted this.”
Jakarta, 3 March (AKI/Jakarta Post) – The Indonesian government’s plans to tighten procedures for polygamous marriages and ban unregistered and contractual marriages has sparked controversy across the country.Â
Some Indonesians believe the government should not interfere in the private lives of its citizens, while others said the plan should be supplemented with a revision of Indonesia’s 1974 marriage law.Â
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“Marriage is an individual right. Marriage is not only between two single people, but can also be between people who have problems [with their marriage],” restaurant owner Puspo Wardoyo, a polygamist with four wives and 11 children, told The Jakarta Post.Â
He said Islamic law allowed for unregistered marriages, locally known as nikah siri, and this matter should be accommodated in the law.Â
The current marriage law stipulates that all marriages are legal if conducted according to the requirements of one’s religion or beliefs.Â
“I believe nikah siri is the best way to avoid adultery, and that it’s a [legal] way before a couple marries under the state law,” Puspo said.Â
He added his first wife had approved of his marrying other women. “Besides, I’m capable financially and spiritually to engage in polygamy, so why not share it with other women?”Â
Controversial singer Dewi Persik, who came under the spotlight after publicly revealing her unregistered marriage to her boyfriend and film actor Aldiansyah Taher, said she decided to make the move for the happiness of her lover.Â
“Many people consider unregistered marriages unfavourable for women, but I’d rather do it for the sake of another person’s happiness,” she said.Â
The Indonesian religious affairs ministry’s marriage bill is aimed at curbing such practices and protecting women.Â
It threatens couples, who tie the knot without either the proper documents or the presence of an authorised religious official, with up to three months in jail and up to 5 million rupees (414 dollars) in fines.
Under the bill, public officials who help administer illegal marriages would also face a maximum jail sentence of one year and/or fines of up to 6 million (497 dollars) rupees.
The bill also tightens the prerequisites for polygamous marriages.Â
Indonesia’s biggest Islamic organisation, Nahdlatul Ulama’s deputy chairman Masdar Farid Mas’udi refrained from commenting on the bill.Â
“It’s better to listen to the comments from conservatives, liberals and moderates on this issue first ,” he said.Â
“I will only comment after that.”Â
Indonesia’s second largest Islamic organisation, Muhammadiyah’s chairman Din Syamsuddin called for caution in passing such a bill into law.
“What needs to be regulated is the social dimension [of unregistered marriages],” he said as quoted by Antara news agency. “Don’t try to meddle in the religious realm.”Â
Women’s rights activist Lis Markus said she supported the government’s effort to protect women’s rights through the bill.Â
“Unregistered marriages are really detrimental to women, especially if they have children, because then they can’t get birth certificates because legally there is no father,” she argued.Â
She added the move should also be followed up by amending the 1974 marriage law, which she deemed “unfavourable” to women.Â
Unregistered marriages are widespread in the predominantly Muslim nation because they are recognised under Islam.
A recent survey also found polygamy was a significant factor behind the country’s rising divorce rate.Â
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Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Cleric probed over child bride
The marriage between cleric Pujianto Cahyo Widiyanto and junior high school student Lutfiana Ulfa in August sparked an outcry from civic groups in Indonesia. — PHOTO: INTERNET
JAKARTA – A MUSLIM cleric in Indonesia was questioned on Friday over his marriage to a 12-year-old village girl, police said.The marriage between cleric Pujianto Cahyo Widiyanto, 43, and junior high school student Lutfiana Ulfa in August sparked an outcry from civic groups in the world’s most populous Muslim country.
Widiyanto and his supporters say his actions are acceptable under Islam but others say he should abide by state law, which sets 16 as the minimum age for marriage.
‘He has been questioned since this morning,’ a police officer told AFP from Semarang in Central Java.
Although Indonesian law carries stiff penalties for paedophilia, arranged marriages between older men and girls are not uncommon, especially in poorer rural areas.
Most of the time they receive religious blessings, but – like Widiyanto’s marriage – are not legally registered. — AFP