* Simple: by kidnapping and raping Christians, Hindus and other ‘unbelievers’ and by forcibly converting captured women and children to Islam. Just like Muhammad Â and his marauding companions did…
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TheNewKerala –Â Khalid Akhter/from Counter Jihad
(Of course they do. Because its in the Koran. And the infallible ‘perfect man’, the Islamic prophet Muhammad sanctioned it, for all time…Â 4:3, Marry women of your choice, Two or three or four; but if ye fear that ye shall not be able to deal justly (with them), then only one, or (a captive) that your right hands possess, that will be more suitable, to prevent you from doing injustice./ed)The issue of a Muslim man having more than one wife has always divided the country’s second largest religious minority. The row has escalated since the Law Commission asserted Thursday that bigamy conflicts with the ‘true Islamic law in letter and spirit’.
‘Islam permits a man to have more than one wife provided he does justice to both his wives on economic and other issues,’ the Maulana told IANS on telephone from Deoband.
Sambhali was reacting to the 227th Law Commission report submitted to the central government. While falling short of suggesting a change in Muslim law that permits bigamy, the commission report said: ‘We fully agree that traditional understanding of Muslim law on bigamy is gravely faulty and conflicts with true Islamic law in letter and spirit.’
This is one of the most radical observations on the subject in any recent government publication.
Renowned Islamic scholar Maulana Wahiduddin Khan concurred with Sambhali but with a moderate touch for which he is known.
‘Islam permits a man to have a second wife but under certain conditions,’ the ageing Khan told IANS here.
Khan added quickly that while bigamy was widespread during medieval periods when wars turned the gender ratio in favour of women, Muslims now did not practise bigamy.
Asked if he would support a ban on bigamy in India a la Turkey and Tunisia, Khan said: ‘Ban is not a solution. Instead people must be taught and made aware in what conditions a man can marry more than one wife.’
Even in Muslim countries such as Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Iraq, Yemen, Morocco, Pakistan and Bangladesh, polygamy is subject to judicial review.
The Indian clerics’ views supporting bigamy is met with disgust by most middle class Muslims.
‘The system of bigamy is inherently unfair to women and such practices should be stopped,’ thundered Arshan Alam, assistant professor at the Centre For Jawaharlal Nehru Studies in Jamia Millia Islamia here.
He said that to stop such practices, the Indian state, as it has acted in the case of Hindus, ‘must take the initiative because it has the authority to regulate and legislate on such issues’.
Alam is opposed to the veto power the largely conservative Ulema appears to hold over Muslim issues that affect millions. The government needs to rope in liberal and intellectual Muslims, he said.
Shazia Naz, 27, a housewife in Delhi, agreed with Alam.
‘If my husband marries another woman, it would be one of the most humiliating things in my life,’ she said. ‘In such cases I would prefer to get a divorce.’
Naz also said the Indian Muslim community needed to take the initiative to battle social customs out of tune with today’s world.
Although many Indians are under the impression that Muslim men tend to take more than one wife, government-backed statistics prove that this is a myth.
According to a 1974 government survey, one of the last on the subject, tribals account for around 14 percent of all bigamous marriages in India. Surprisingly, Muslims are at the bottom with 5.6 percent of bigamous marriages while upper caste Hindus come a notch above them — 5.8 percent.
‘In any case, how can Muslim men have two wives when there are not so many Muslim women in the country?’ asked Alam.
Bangladesh: Muslims extorting money, abducting women from Hindu minority
And the sense of entitlement to tribute money is, of course, found in the Qur’an: “Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued” (9:29).
Dhaka (AsiaNews) â€“ Some 20 Hindu families from the villages of Kalibari, Kajir Hat and Keramotia, in the sub-district of Sonagaji, southern Bangladesh, have become the victims of extortions and blackmail by members of the local Muslim majority, this according to representatives of the local Hindu minority. They complain that young Hindu women are being abducted to extort money from their families.
Initially Jafar, Yunus, Saiful, Ripon, and other Muslims set up a criminal gang. Their first deed was to demand 45,000 taka (US$ 650) from the family of Nitia Das, in Kalibari.
When other Hindus resisted attempts to extort money, the gang began persecuting Hindu families in the area’s villages.
They abducted one young woman, demanding a ransom of 50,000 taka (US$ 725) for her release.
In a second case a family had to pay 25,000 taka (just over US$ 360) to get the release of the young woman involved.
A local Hindu, Boloram Das, who is related to the second kidnap victim, said that more threats have been made against local Hindus.
One of the gang members, Yunus, is now threatening to marry a young Hindu woman against her will and that of her family.
“Neither villagers nor police are willing to help us,”Â he lamented. In addition, “at least 20 Hindu families from the area are unable to go home.”
Human rights activist Dipal Barua said that attacks against minorities are very much on the rise in Bangladesh.
Strongly condemning violence, he called on the government to “take proper actions against the extortionists as soon as possible.”