Below is a transcript of part of a lecture given by Canadian Imam Aasim Rashid made in 2003 regarding the near successful attempt to begin introducing Shari’a law; first with all Family matters.
The Canadian government wanted people like myself to sign off on custody cases. Where there was an allegation of parental abduction to verify if the parent who has taken the child off to that country – are they Islamically authorized to do so or not. Becausethere are many Muslim countries that would need to see that from a Muslim scholar.
My brothers and sisters let me tell you something and understand this fact. So far as sin is concerned and, please, understand this message very clearly… Of course it’s all sin. It’s all haram. None of it is good and accepted. But for the sake of understanding… Because many of us, we see our brother who is selling drugs, we see a brother who murdered another brother and we say, “look at these people. Look how rubbish they are.” My friend, let me tell you something. In the eyes of Allah, as far as sin is concerned… The one who sells drugs – good or bad? – Just very quickly good or bad? Bad. How about the murderer? How about the one who commits adultery, fornication? What about the one who rapes a child? What about the one who drinks alcohol? What about the one who does the biggest of the major sins good or bad? This person, one person, who commits all of these sins, he commits all of these sins on a daily basis, but he prays, is better in the eyes of Allah than the one who doesn’t commit any of these sins, but doesn’t pray. So you and your brother say, “yeah I’m a good guy”… Habibi, go and pack that up because it’s not going to work on the day of judgment. Any person who misses one prayer, one not two… One prayer – you miss one prayer for no reason… You are worse than a murderer, you are worse than a rapist, you are worse than a terrorist, you are worse than a pedophile, in the eyes of Allah.
If you do not pray salat out of laziness on purpose, are you a kafir or just a bad Muslim? Please answer.
The majority of scholars said that if a person denies that prayer is obligatory, he is a kaafir and an apostate from the religion of Islam. The ruling concerning such a person is as described above. If he does not deny that it is obligatory, but he neglects it because of laziness, for example, then he is guilty of a major sin (kabeerah). He should be given three days in which to repent. If he does, then al-hamdu lillah (praise be to Allaah); if he does not, then he should be executed,
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Imam Shabbir Ally is president of The International Toronto Dawah Center. Shabbir Ally gave an interview that was uploaded on April 21, 2017. This interview contextualizes the context that places child marriage in a perspective that enables Muslim scholars to assert Islam is a leader of female human rights.
Host: In what ways are Muslim women disadvantaged in the current marriage system from an Islamic lens?
Imam Shabbir Ally: Well there are several things and we will talk in more detail in other episodes about polygamy, which is an issue, and divorce, which is related to marriage. But looking at other issues, one of the issues is there in no minimum age prescribed for an allowable Islamic marriage. A boy or a girl could get married very early. For a boy, this may not prove to be much of a problem because he always has the option of divorce. The woman did not have the option of divorce. She could seek a dissolution of her marriage, but that is a long process and it requires taking her case to the Muslim Court, or in a modern context, where Muslims are minorities, taking it to a council of imams or something like this. But for the boy, he can just simply utter the word “divorce” and he is freed from the marriage he does not like. So the woman can be quite disadvantaged in this situation. Now we speak often about the consent of a woman in marriage, but that consent does not apply to minor girls. Girl could be married off by her father or her grandfather without her consent.
Host: So this is an Islamic principle?
Imam Shabbir Ally: It is well known and it is classified and codified in Islamic textbooks…. And their great contribution to societies would have been get married, have children. They increase the number of the tribe. The tribe became larger and stronger. So each individual was contributing something to the growth of the tribe. And women in particular, that would have been a great contribution to their tribes by getting married early and having children.
Host: Do you still think in light of these brief issues that we talked about, and acknowledging that we will need to have another episode where we talk more about these issues, that Islam still views women in a positive light as we framed our initial discussion?
Imam Shabbir Ally: Well yes. Here, by Islam, I mean in my conception of what Islam is. Involving the Quran as the basic teaching of Islam understood against the backdrop of historical circumstances and now reapplied to a modern and changing situation.
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Tafseer al-Tabari, 14/142
2 – It was narrated from ‘Aa’ishah MABPWH that the Prophet PBUH married her when she was six years old, and consummated the marriage with her when she was nine, and she stayed with him for nine years.
Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 4840; Muslim, 1422.
Ibn ‘Abd al-Barr said:
The scholars are unanimously agreed that a father may marry off his young daughter without consulting her. The Messenger of Allaah married ‘Aa’ishah bint Abi Bakr when she was young, six or seven years old, when her father married her to him.