Pak Lah: Refer monogamy campaign proposals to Jakim


  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 19 Mar 2003

BY SA’ODAH ELIAS

PUTRAJAYA: All parties involved in the campaign to discourage polygamy among Muslim men have been told to refer their proposals to the Islamic Development Department (Jakim) for verification. 

Acting Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said it was important for any proposal or statement on the issue to be referred to Jakim to ensure it would not run contrary to syariah law. 

“We need to differentiate what can be constituted as an advice and what is the law. If the proposal or statement on the issue is only an advice then there is no problem. 

“However, if a statement encroaches on the sanctity of syariah law that every Muslim must adhere to, then it must be referred to Jakim for verification to prevent confusion among Muslims,” he told reporters after chairing the National Islamic Development Committee meeting here yesterday. 

Abdullah said this when asked to comment on calls by several muftis, who wanted the Campaign for Monogamy organised by the Coalition on Women’s Rights in Islam, to be stopped as they feared it was contrary to the provisions of Islamic law. 

CURRENT ISSUE: Abdullah leaving after chairing the meeting in Putrajaya Tuesday. With him are Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Hamid Zainal Abidin (left) and director-general of Jakim Datuk Mohamad Shahir Abdullah.

The campaign was launched by Abdullah’s wife Datin Paduka Seri Endon Mahmood in Petaling Jaya on Sunday. 

Among the proposals made in conjunction with the campaign was for women who were against their husbands’ wishes to take another wife be allowed to seek divorce through ta’liq and for a database on Muslim marriages nationwide be made available so that the marital status of individuals could easily be checked.  

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