The head of Hezbollah, backed by past Grand Muftis of Australia, says child marriage should be encouraged. It was good enough for Mohammed, Hassan Nasrallah says, and “those who spread the culture of opposition to early marriage in our society are unknowingly serving Satan”.
“[They] are trying to spread – even in our own society – a culture of opposition to early marriage. There was a time when early marriage was accepted. Now there are people who say that early marriage is wrong, that early marriage has negative ramifications… Do these people know better than Allah, who created Mankind, and demanded this, through His prophets, culminating with the Prophet Muhammad? Do they know better than the Creator of Man whether or not early marriage serves the interests of Mankind? They may argue that there are cases of divorce following early marriage. But I can present you with more cases of divorce, following marriage at the age of 20, 30, or 40. This cannot serve as proof. This cannot serve as proof. On the contrary, those who spread the culture of opposition to early marriage in our society are unknowingly serving Satan and the devils. They are also serving our enemy by causing the moral ruin of our society. The response should be the spreading of the culture of early marriage.”
The most prestigious law school in Australia has two courses which call for elements of sharia law to be recognised in the mainstream legal system – including allowances for polygamy and lowering the age of consent.
One of the Sydney University courses, Muslim Minorities And The Law, is taught by Salim Farrar and Dr Ghena Krayem and it uses a book the pair wrote as “the monograph upon which the unit of study bases its teaching”.
The Daily Telegraph can reveal the book claims “sharia and common law are not inherently incompatible”… The book also takes aims at judges for denouncing “conservative Muslim values” during sentencing…
The authors also call for research into whether polygamy should be legally recognised.
“There is no doubt that this is an area that needs to be researched, particularly given the fact that anecdotal evidence suggests that this is an increasing practice in Muslim communities,” it says.
In a chapter on Islamic Family Law, the authors say a man has the “exclusive” right to divorce his wife and states that sharia does not recognise minimum age in marriage.