Before blaming the Islamic Council, look at your own nikkahnama!

Published: March 13, 2014
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This entire section of the nikahnama is usually crossed out by the maulvis of our local mosques before handing it to the bride or groom at the time of nikkah. And we let them cross it out.

The nikahnama is a legal contract. Islam allows special conditions to be laid in any legal contract and it is done to avoid disputes in the future. PHOTO: FILE This entire section of the nikahnama is usually crossed out by the maulvis of our local mosques before handing it to the bride or groom at the time of nikkah. And we let them cross it out.

I am befuddled by the outrage caused by Maulana Muhammad Khan Sheerani’s statement on the issue of second marriage. I am amazed at the public hypocrisy.

If you are a Muslim married in Pakistan please take out your nikkahnama right now. Do you see a line striking down half of it? Good. Welcome to the club. You forsook your own legal rights long before the maulana asked the government to snatch them from you.

So now please hold your peace.

The nikkahnama is a legal contract. Islam allows special conditions to be laid in any legal contract and it is done to avoid disputes in the future.

Photo: File

 

Here is a quick review for those readers who are not familiar with the section of the nikkahnama I am talking about: 

Question 18: Whether the husband has delegated the power of divorce to the wife. If so, under what conditions?

Question 19: Whether the husband’s right to divorce is in anyway curtailed? 

Question 20: Whether any document was drawn up at the time of marriage relating to dower, maintenance etc. If so, contents thereof in brief.

And the golden question under debate. After all, it has to do with men’s right to polygamy, so how could the maulana ignore it?

Question 21:  Whether the bridegroom has any existing wife, and if so, whether he has secured the permission of the Arbitration Council under the Muslim Family Laws Ordinance, 1961, to contract another marriage?

This entire section of the nikkahnama is usually crossed out by the maulvis of our local mosques before handing it to the bride or groom at the time of nikkah because they claim it is not in accordance with Shariah.

And we let them cross it out.

They conveniently forget that they cannot take the law of the land in their own hands and we forget to remind them. We do not question them when they erect a mosque on illegally acquired land by our donations. We pray behind them even though their Friday sermons are filled with hate speech. We help them adorn mosques in the hope that they will reserve a little plot for us in Jannah. We have given them power they do not deserve.

These so-called religious scholars, on grass root level, need to be reminded that religion should never be confused by the culture of a land. What may be acceptable in one culture may be considered extremely distasteful by some other cultures. Islam is bigger than any specific culture and there is a certain difference between what is allowed in Islam and what is made compulsory.

If the nikkahnama survives the Council of Islamic Ideology’s (CII) recommendation, perhaps you can ask the maulvi sahib present at your nikkah not to cross out the section that talks about your rights under the Muslim Family Laws Ordinance, 1961.

If he still insists, ask him to put it against question number five of the nikkahnama which asks,

“Whether the bride is a maiden, a widow or a divorcee?”

Tell him if a man is not asked a similar question at the time of the nikkah, a woman should not either.

Sarah Alvi

Sarah Alvi

A graduate from The Columbia Journalism School and a passionate visual artist. She is fascinated by Pakistan and curious about the world in general. She tweets as @sarah_alvi (twitter.com/sarah_alvi)

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • Fahad Mustafa

    These Liberals only know to criticize and make fun of Quranic teachings. Hats Off to Sarah for bringing this up and showing the Liberals the other side of the picture.Recommend

  • Zahid Jamil

    Excellent write up!Recommend

  • saleem

    I didnt let the moulvi strike out any clauses of my nikah nama document, i dont pray behind any idiot , if he is making hate speech and i dont think we should use jannah in place of jannat if our country language is urduRecommend

  • Raj – USA

    The author says:

    “Here is a quick review for those readers who are not familiar with the section of the nikkahnama I am talking about:

    Question 18: Whether the husband has delegated the power of divorce to the wife. If so, under what conditions?

    Question 19: Whether the husband’s right to divorce is in anyway curtailed?”

    I said the same in my earlier comments in another ET column. My comments were on a ET news of Feb. 28, 2014 titled:
    Judicial review: ‘Christian divorce law is insulting to women’Here is the link the the ET news where readers can see my comments:

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/677009/judicial-review-christian-divorce-law-is-insulting-to-women/I was correct, word to word.

    Look at the replies from @Humanity and @Bhatiyar Ghazi Khan and determine for yourself who is telling the truth and who is lying through the teeth.Recommend

  • Rabia

    I’m shocked hearing this! Although I know a man is allowed to marry four wives in Islam, I for one would never allow my husband to take on another wife. That’s a simple no go area, and I’m glad I live in a country where marrying another woman is not allowed. Just because something is allowed in Islam, doesn’t mean you have to make it compulsory. Just because a man is allowed to beat his wife, doesn’t mean you need to beat your wife. Just like Pakistani men want women to cover themselves and be modest etc (not a bad thing, we all want good partners) but the last time they put their eyes down were when they dropped something on the floor. Egh!Recommend

  • Necromancer

    Pakistanis should read before signing anything ……..my cousin was marrying and she read the whole nikahnamma before signing it in front of her own family……….and asked the maulvi to correct whatever she and her husband deemed fit…..Recommend

  • MK

    Someone plz ship all fake scarfs to Hollywood .Recommend

  • MK

    Controversial blog – period.Recommend

  • pk

    Ejtihad. CII should properly develop regulations concerning social matters. And system of implementation.Recommend

  • Anwaar

    Excellent article Sarah…. Even the educated upper and middle class are ignorant of the fact that nikah nama contains these clauses (well actually we rarely read it , too much in a hurry to just sign it )Recommend

  • Ahmed

    You generalize quite well. First of all reread whats written and stick to the topic. Secondly, it does not allow wife beating. Nice way you put it in between the lines.Recommend

  • Anwaar

    ok this is not what you said …. the author and your comment on that article are not on the same page my friend… the author here is telling us about how the law gives the right to both men and women .. all these laws were written by the consent of religious scholars back in the sixties … problem now is that some idiots who believe themselves to be scholars are now creating misconceptions….

    and please stop jumping to the conclusion that Islam is a repressive religion just because its followers are being stupid… to comment on any religion it is best to read the religion rather than watch its followers…Recommend

  • Waqar Qureshi

    My dear writer, brace yourself, Pakistani liberals are coming to treat you and Imran Khan alike ;-)Recommend

  • Sajjad Hashmi

    Bad generalization
    not all “maulvis of our local
    mosques” do that. Moreover, You don’t necessarily need to go to a mosque to
    get a Nikkah Naama, you can also get it from your Municipal office easily and
    the “Maulvi sahib present at your nikkah” is chosen by you or your family,
    make right choices.Recommend

  • Gangham Singh

    CII should be abolished – the sooner we take power away from these un-elected tools of division the better. They have nothing better to do than to make lives of ordinary people more difficult with their stone age fatwas.Recommend

  • Genie

    Want to remain content. Then be content with what you have. The undeniable Truth which must be told. It must be told to every young man or woman not married yet that married life is a life of perpetual misunderatndings and never ending strife. People have to acept this fact and be prepared to live with it all their life. One wife is enough trouble so with what sense go for another. What more it is not the wife only who is trouble for her husband, the husband is also trouble for the wife. And that is married life. I still remember when a young woman came on the radio and said weeping ” My husband is a very bad person”. I jumped off my seat laughing boistorously. Why? There is’nt a woman in the world who would not say the same thing.
    To remain content, one should have one wife and no more than two children. However people have produced so many trouble makers in Asia mainly in this part of the owrld, in China, Phillipines, Indonesia etc. that the future generation of Asia and possibly Africa and S.America has been deprived of its quota to have even one child. Sorry to say this but this is a fact of life. I only dread to think as to what future holds for the new born today when right today we are seeing so much trouble everywhere in the world. God will never help those who do not use their head which they have been given by God to use and benefit.Recommend

  • Feroz

    What are you trying to say or prove ? You have not managed to communicate the same. Are you in agreement with CII or not ? Why do we have to see your Nikahnama to ascertain your views on the subject ? Can you cross out whatever you dislike in the Nikahnama, similarly can you add whatever you want — Eg, If my husband takes another wife I will be entitled to Talaq and will receive half his wealth including fixed assets as alimony. Kindly try to keep simple things simple.Recommend

  • Chughtai

    You wanna criticize the State, Maulana or the religion?? For your information, I go to a masjid where I don’t find a word of hatred spelled against any person or any other religion in any kind of sermon.. I think you should also go to masjid first and then make your reviews rather than just listen to some peoples words who like spilling hatred against everything they don’t like..Recommend

  • Attock2SanFrancisco

    Our village imam couldn’t lead prayers unless he was high on hash – one night my friend asked him for some imam replied I would love to give you some but I have enough for just one cigarette and I have to lead morning prayers too.Recommend

  • Gingo

    Agree with Sajjad Hashmi

    The mistake starts when liberals/conservatives alike hand over the power and responsibility of solemnizing a nikah to a molvi instead of doing it themselves. All you need to do is to recite a few short Quranic ayats which are not so hard to memorize instead of asking a molvi to do so.Recommend

  • Hala Syed

    how is this blog anti-liberal? it is right. and she is not condoning the CII. she is being even more liberal than those criticizing it.Recommend

  • Miss Syed

    Ummm, This is what happens when Muslims are Muslims ONLY becuz their elders are Muslims. The whole problems stems from the lack of education and sheer ignorance about your Faith. I ask all the young adults who are Muslims. Why are you Muslims? WHy do you believe in Islam? For Pakistanis, Religion comes in ONLY when either its someone’s marriage or Funeral? The rest of the life is just like non-believer.
    Marriage is Contract! Plain and simple. Both Parties can add or remove ANY clause, the non fulfillment of any of the mentioned clauses leads to nullification of marriage. Simple! The clause can MOST CERTAINLY include the right to divorce!

    If a man wants to marry a 2nd woman, I don’t think even if the whole world came together, it would stop him from doing it. A guy’s got to do what a guy’s got to do. Never mind if you don’t take responsibility, never mind if you can’t even afford a 2nd wife. I guess, you don’t need to pay the expenses of the 2nd wife.

    I DON’T THINK ANY MAN ORDINARY MAN IN PAKISTANI SOCIETY IS CAPABLE OF SUPPORTING 1 WOMAN AND ON AVERAGE 2 KIDS. HOW CAN YOU MEN THINK OF A 2ND WIFE WITH EMPTY POCKETS WHEN THE FIRST CONDITION IS OF MARRIAGE IS TRANSFER OF SPONSORSHIP!Recommend

  • Parvez

    What you say is perfectly right……….but it does not justify the stand taken by the CII which smacks of political expediency and has very little to do with Islamic principles applicable today.Recommend

  • anil

    Polygamy should be discouraged . Only Animals do such acts .Recommend

  • anil

    Polygamy should be discouraged . Only Animals do such acts .Recommend

  • umar

    Folks, it doesn’t matter even its crossed out, Pak law permits woman to take divorce for any reason she wants..Recommend

  • umar

    Folks, it doesn’t matter even its crossed out, Pak law permits woman to take divorce for any reason she wants..Recommend

  • Talal

    the article’s in English so she used Jannah, which is the more renowned term used for heaven in the Muslim world; if it was in Urdu, she would have used Jannat.Recommend

  • Talal

    the article’s in English so she used Jannah, which is the more renowned term used for heaven in the Muslim world; if it was in Urdu, she would have used Jannat.Recommend

  • Dina Mirza

    Please refrain from generalizations. Not all people who marry more than once are animals just as not all people who sleep around without getting married. It is a mature forum to discuss issues. Respect that.Recommend

  • s t

    A man is allowed to marry four times and there are certain speicifcs that need to be met and they all have to be kept the same.. nobody is going to ask your permission.. because permission is never requried !! no where has beating a wife been allowed.. dont try to add ure own views. and cover themselves is in the religion…. its not a culture thing !!… stop wearging someething revealing if u dont want us to stare !!Recommend

  • Nobody

    Wow. People have gone to the moon and back and religious radicals in Pakistan are debating whether to continue to further strip all dignity and rights away from women, or to just let them stay partially in chains as they are now. That’s worthy of a standing ovation.Recommend

  • Nobody

    Wow. People have gone to the moon and back and religious radicals in Pakistan are debating whether to continue to further strip all dignity and rights away from women, or to just let them stay partially in chains as they are now. That’s worthy of a standing ovation.Recommend

  • Rashid

    Jannah is the arabic word! whats wrong with that? broaden your horizonRecommend

  • Rashid

    Jannah is the arabic word! whats wrong with that? broaden your horizonRecommend

  • Shamy

    Amazing piece !! Great stuff !Recommend

  • faraz

    Wasn’t it your responsibility to get this man off the mosque? And if he did that, doesn’t mean all Imam’s do that!Recommend

  • faraz

    Remind you that we are talking about multiple legal marriages (contracts) not having multiple sex partners like in the so-called developed countries which is definitely an animal act.Recommend

  • faraz

    Social issues are more important then a roundtrip to moon. Whether you live 100 years and pay multiple trips to Mars or beyond, you are eventually gonna die and be answerable to Allah. Get prepared for the day. Yes, the issues should be discussed by experts, not the bloggers!Recommend

  • Miss Syed

    Yes, Polygamy should be discouraged, but Gay marriages should be encouraged under the pretext ” TWO CONSENTING ADULTS DESERVE TO DO WHAT THEY WANT TO DO ” with the same theory. 4 or 5 consenting adults should also be allowed to do whatever they wish to doRecommend

  • JB

    I don’t understand why do we tend to argue over one aspect of a law. A man is not required to obtain permission from his wife for a second marriage BUT that first wife has rights in Islam from that husband. (People tend to ignore those rights). The husband should be able to treat both wives equally; financially and otherwise. Islam is not biased towards any gender. If Islam grants the right to a man to marry four women, those women are also granted rights by our religion.Recommend

  • Rukhsar

    I agree….its our responsibility to remove such imams and leaders. Sitting back and watching such people exploit us is the worst thing we could do to ourselves and the next generation. What are we going to teach the next generation if we ourselves cannot take a stand for us.Recommend

  • Shakil Akhtar

    my argument is that its also hindsight on women’s part that they dont include the crossed out points as no one thinks about a divorce at that time..its unthinkable as women in Pakistan are rarely independent at that stage its the parents who decide and dont want any argument with the other party. IN the current climate this should be encouraged and girls/women having a better say in view of eventualities,as divorces are on the rise and these matters can haunt you later if not decided in advance, a kind of prenuptial is what I would recommend as it is a business deal nowadays ;)Recommend

  • Shakil Akhtar

    just to mention the Prophet SAW and most of his companions married quite a few women, it was a cultural thing, it doesnt happen in SE Asia as we were influenced by local customs..regards taking permission, would you think that the wives would happily allow if given the right to deny. Ridiculous! Saying that I believe in the sanctity of marriage with one woman but would not condone anyone attacking the people who do polygamy. To give you an example, Ali RA wanted to marry someone else and Fatima RA went to the Prophet SAW who in turn requested him not to as it would hurt her! Same is every woman with feelings, whether Prophet SAW wife or daughter even.Recommend

  • Muhammad Shakil Akhtar

    whats teh context in this debate..its the local peoples fault who cant find a worthy person to lead the prayer, shame on the communityRecommend

  • BrokenWolf

    You are right. I have asked another question from you in the working mothers blog as well.
    Nothing is better than a woman who knows she is the queen and should be treated as such. After all she is the one empirically responsible for the mindset and success of her children.Recommend

  • maryam

    your name suggests you are a muslim, and if you really are a muslim, you are obliged to abide by the rules laid down by islam. just like you have to abide by the rules of the institute you are a part of.

    p.s. please don’t quote “There is no compulsion in religion”, that is for non muslims, the condition laid down for anyone to enter the fold of Islam by will is “Enter into Islam COMPLETELY”.Recommend

  • reader

    u rock!Recommend

  • Ajnabi Sheher

    She tried to highlight the positives already existing in our system. Its a sin according to our classic desi liberals. If you are an exception to them, I will be glad.Recommend

  • M.

    So if she wears something revealing, you most definitely will stare? Regardless of what your religion- and I’m assuming it’s Islam- tells you to do?Recommend

  • M.

    I think she means to speak of those who do, not of every sermon by every maulana at every masjid.Recommend

  • Humanity

    “For your information, I go to a masjid where I don’t find a word of hatred spelled against any person or any other religion in any kind of
    sermon”

    Even against Ahmadis?Recommend

  • Han Jäger

    I’d rather have a hash-smoking imam than one who spews nonsense, bigotry, sectarian division, and gender discrimination.Recommend

  • Han Jäger

    1. “So-called developed countries”. Could you elaborate on the emphasis on the phrase “so-called”. I would be intrigued to hear why these socially/economically/politically developed nations are being termed as “so-called”.

    2. Multiple sex partners? Its far more common in Pakistan than you’d think. Though Pakistani men specifically engage in adultery rather than just pre-marital relationships.

    3. Multiple marriages should be made illegal until the day women are allowed to have multiple legal marriages as well. Its called equality, which is common in the “so-called” developed countries

    Peace, bro.Recommend

  • Han Jäger

    Repeating what I said earlier in reply to the dude who also replied to this comment earlier (that was a strange sentence):

    Yes. Libertarian views. I would agree on principle IF women are allowed to have multiple legal marriages as well. Its called equalityRecommend

  • Han Jäger

    Really dude? So Women are allowed to have 4 marriages as well as long as they treat all husbands equally?

    Thanks man. I had no ideaRecommend

  • Han Jäger

    Could you elaborate? As someone who would undoubtedly be touted as a liberal, I want to know how exactly to direct my anger at the writer.

    Thanks man. Much appreciated :)Recommend

  • Anjum Hameed

    STOP using the term “Liberal” as a substutute for an abusive word..it means someone who has an open mind, not a cess pool like a fundo has..Recommend

  • Nobody

    Yes, you are correct. These men who are making decisions about women without their input or consent and are promoting the further degradation of women WILL face their God someday. And Allah never said we were not to progress while we are on this earth. He gave us intelligence for a reason. Unfortunately, it is being utterly wasted in many parts of the world.Recommend

  • Nobody

    Signing a piece of paper allowing one to disrespect and degrade his spouse does NOT magically make it ethical or moral. And just because something is legal, certainly doesn’t make it right.Recommend

  • Nobody

    I don’t think liberals are making fun of Quranic teachings. They are observing the loony zealots who make a mockery of religion and turn it into a woman-hating self serving joke.Recommend

  • Nobody

    Unfortunately Pakistani men and some women have not been informed of that. :-/Recommend

  • Gp65

    Bravo and saluteRecommend

  • Gp65

    The article may be in English but it is still printed in Pakistan and most readers are either Pakistanis or Indians who are more accustomed to the Urdu jannat. It is also a misconception that Arabic is the language of Most Muslims. The 5 countries that have the lagrest Muslim populations are Indonesia, Pakistan, India and Bangladesh and Nigeria. Together they constitue over 60% of Muslim population in the world. Arabic is not the spoken language in either of these countries.Recommend

  • Gp65

    I think her intent was to awaken people and have them challenge maulvis in the small small ways so that they do not gain enough power to pass such edicts. I did not read the article as an endorsement of the CII edict.Recommend

  • Gp65

    Right you are. He is just going by the title which did create the impression that she is condoning CII. But most likely she may not even have chosen the title Recommend

  • Sajjad Janjua

    Very limited analsysis has been done by th author, I suggest Sarah Alvi to come up with Quran , Hadis references rather targetting Islamic clerks – before criticising you should come with the facts and order of the lord –
    Any one here kindly mention how much merh amount Prophet Muhammad Hazrat Muhammad ( ﺻﻠﯽ ﺍﻟﻠﮧ ﻋﻠﯿﮧ ﻭﺳﻠﻢ given to her wives ? how prophet and his companions married and treated their wives , what orders are present in Quran related to right of Tallaq to men only ? Rights of husband and right of wife as per Quran orders.
    without grip on this topic author has created confusion among the audience and typical mula assassination has been started :)Recommend

  • Miss Syed

    eh, I don’t know what the strange sentence even means! Anyways, For the Libertarian View, Gay rights were granted to people because they wanted to establish their relationship right? they came out on the streets, blah blah blah! Let’s begin by Analyzing how many MEN are Okay with sharing a woman whilst also institutionalizing their relationship and proudly claiming to be husband of the same woman? How many Men will, by their consent, allow their wife to be with multiple men at the same time. Talk about Ground realities? Do you see women demanding to be given the right to have multiple men? I am strictly speaking about Accepting it as Marriage as, My guess is ZERO. While its a universally accepted fact that in MANY parts of teh world, women by choice marry men who already have wives…. The answer is simple. Women by nature are not fond of multiple mates .The system which claims to put men and women on an equal footing is the biggest joke that mankind has seen and, unfortunately due to the often perverse situations that women have found themselves in over the centuries, they have ‘settled’ for this as a standard and measure of success.
    I was reading somewhere, women are demanding Neutral “Public Washrooms” is this what you call equality? The modern civilization has stooped down to this level that we turn a blind eye to how differently men and women are constructed.
    This is nothing, but a road back to cave age.

    Regards,Recommend

  • Miss Syed

    Sarcasm lurking in there.Recommend

  • Sajjad Janjua

    now my question is if you dont pray behind any mula who is going to perform your janaza and Nikkah ?Recommend

  • Sajjad Janjua

    Read Quran Surah Nisah verse 4 , – Hadis – Kitabul Nikkah Muslim Bukahari and then conculde whether Nikkah nama is compliant to Quran orderRecommend

  • Hala Syed

    It’s pretty simple.She is saying that a lot of people are not aware of their own rights- thats what makes it easy for other people to take it away from themRecommend

  • Agnikul

    Ibadat or worship is worship of the Just and Compassionate Creator. Obedience to Him to make this world better, for justice and mercy to be applied universally to king and subject, man and woman, humans and animals, friends and foes. Why do I not see any of this concern for justice for the weak against the strong or for compassion for vulnerable people from any religious folk amongst Muslims?Recommend

  • El Cid

    Those who have read the Noble Qur’an have. It is not a long read. Not hard. Easy to remember.

    The reflection, contemplation, meditation…that takes time. Action must follow: Action is fundamental to Islam. Short of that all is lost.

    A Muslim must follow study by action. Mandatory !Recommend

  • BrokenWolf

    Not at all. Quite the contrary.Recommend

  • El Cid

    They are only in an advisory capacity. It is a free society and open to counter argument. And what is this all about “stone age fatwas”?

    What do you know about the Stone Age, about Fatwas, and about free societies for that matter, Mr. Singh?Recommend

  • hhh

    Somebody who cares.Recommend

  • Miss Syed

    I am so used to of some sort of sarcasm lurking in the statement of every single person, It’s hard to gauge who’s genuinely being appreciative. My apologies.Recommend

  • Parvez

    Agree.Recommend

  • abubakar

    It does allow wife beating and does so explicitly refer to verse 4.34 and 38.44, and hadith bukhari volume 7 . 715Recommend

  • BrokenWolf

    I also inquired about your stance on some issues.
    Working mothers thread. Do answer that if you find appropriate.Recommend

  • fze

    More worried about people than Allah? Have “tawakal” and Allah will take care of everything.Recommend

  • Gingo

    No mullah is required for Nikkah or Namaz e Janaza, just like you don’t require a Mullah to give the call of azan into the ears of a new born baby.
    Anyone can recite the quranic ayats which comprises the dua for both. Preferably a bride’s father can easily soleminze a nikah for his daughter, a son can leads the funeral prayers for his deceased parent.
    Moreover you can google the prayers for nikah and namaz e janaza on internet.Recommend

  • 0__0

    How’s the fedora doing these days?Recommend

  • S

    Lol @ this article is published in Pakistan so should use Jannat. Why is it not in Urdu then if it is published in Pakistan?Recommend

  • S

    It’s an Islamic country, if it’s allowed, it’s allowed and that doesn’t mean it’s compulsory.

    Don’t think everything with hatred in ur mind. Keep calm and then thinkRecommend

  • Sajjad Janjua

    you are kidding give me in practice real facts its theory you are saying i hope you you are not going to perform janza of your loved oneRecommend

  • lmao

    Why does an article have to be in Urdu to be published in Pakistan?!!/ Why cant an article in English be published ?!?
    All the original poster @saleem wanted to specify was that Islam is not only a religion of the Arabs, but also of us non-arabs.

    Why on earth does a writer of an article in a newspaper published in Pakistan use the word ‘Jannah’ when a writer of an article in an arab magazine would never even think of using the word ‘Jannat’ ?!!!!?

    This is not about the language of the article, but rather about losing our own identity as a nation, by adopting words and practises alien to our culture.Recommend

  • Global Nomad

    and who says that Nikah and Janaza is only possible when lead by a maulvi?Recommend

  • Sajjad Janjua

    Mr Global are you planning to do it for your loved ones your self what is the alternative ?Recommend

  • Alina Javed Siddiqui

    The second tweet is pissing me off more than anything -_-Recommend

  • Alina Javed Siddiqui

    The second tweet is pissing me off more than anything -_-Recommend

  • Sam

    Nikah Nama is a contract between two people and they should be the ones deciding how it should be filled. I talked to my fiance before Nikah about right of divorce. He wasn’t aware of the existing clause before so he did a little research and agreed to grant (legal term) this right. However, on the time of Nikah, the maulvi tried really hard to convince my husband to cross out this clause arguing against it. After some unnecessary drama, my husband still went ahead with it and signed this clause.Recommend

  • Hasan Umar

    I completely agree with this article except this point

    “This entire section of the nikkahnama is usually crossed out by the maulvis of our local mosques before handing it to the bride or groom at the time of nikkah because they claim it is not in accordance with Shariah.”

    Mostly this section is crossed by the father/uncle and any other relative and not by the Molvi of our local mosques.Recommend

  • Hina

    excellent article Sarah alviRecommend

  • siesmann

    Jannat is an Urdu word-the national language of Pakistan.Recommend

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