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India: Muslim leader opposes pledge to give equal property rights to woman, it’s against the Qur’an



“Allah gives you a responsibility concerning your children, to the male the equivalent of the portion of two females, and if there are more than two women, then their share is two-thirds of the inheritance, and if there be one, then half. And to each of his parents, a sixth of the inheritance, if he has a son, and if he has no son and his parents are his heirs, then his mother receives a third, and if he has brothers, then his mother receives a sixth, after any legacy he may have bequeathed, or debt. Your parents and your children, you do not know which of them is nearer to you in usefulness. It is an injunction from Allah. Indeed, Allah is the knower, the wise.” (Qur’an 4:11)

“Sunni leader comes out against pledge to give equal property rights to women,” by M P Prashant, Express News Service, December 3, 2022 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):

KOZHIKODE: Barely a week after his comments on ‘football mania’ kicked up a row, Sunni leader Nasar Faizi Koodathayi on Friday made another controversial statement in connection with a pledge administered to Kudumbashree volunteers that said female member should have equal rights over father’s property.

Faizi, the general secretary of Samastha Kerala Jam-Iyyathul Qutba Committee and state secretary of Sunni Yujana Sangham, said the pledge amounted to violation of the fundamental rights of Muslims as the Constitution allows members of every religion to follow personal laws in marriage, divorce, right to property and funeral rituals. Faizi argued that the oath was against the Quran that says male can get double the female’s share.

In a Facebook post, he said the Kerala government had envisaged various programmes for the gender campaign launched by Rural Development Ministry. “Many contents of the programme are commendable but there are elements that violate fundamental religious rights,” he wrote. The contentious portion is a part of the circular distributed to grama panchayats and Kudumbashree Missions in the state. The circular asks members to administer an oath at the meetings of the gender resources which includes the line: “We will provide equal rights to property for both male and female.”

Faizi said: “Islam allowed property rights for women at a time when they were not allowed any share. However, the stipulation (in Islam) that women have been allowed half of what men get from father’s property cannot be construed as injustice.”

He said the male member has the complete responsibility of looking after the family, but woman need not spend anything from what she gets as her share. “Those who criticise the stipulation forget the additional burden on men. The attempt to violate fundamental principles of Constitution and religion in the name of gender neutrality will certainly invite protests,” he said….