With the Muslim Marriage Bill (MMB) hearing already underway, the High Court in Cape Town has heard the application in favour of the Bill, with the opposing parties to be heard in the latter part of the year. From its very outset many Ulama have raised Shariah concerns regarding the application and the Jamiatul Ulama KZN makes no secret on opposing the bill.
In essence, the bill will give secular courts the authority to interpret the Quran and Sunnah and pass judgement on marital disputes, in a way they see fit. To allow a judge who has no knowledge of the sharia to preside over sharee matters can in no way be accepted.
By allowing such bills to be passed will give a license for courts to change the laws of Allah Subhanahu Wataálah and give rulings on matters, which are sacrosanct in the deen of Islam.
For this very reason the Jamiatul Ulama KwaZulu-Natal (along with other organisations) have taken the position that it is not in the interest of the Muslim community to support this bill and attached are some articles, which further explain our stance.