Hyderabad: Woman theologians attending a workshop of Jamiat-ul-Mominath, the Deeni Madrasa for women, opined that divorce given by a husband over the mobile phone or WhatsApp or through email is valid only after verification. If the husband denies it, such divorce is invalid.
They said that the wife has the right to seek dissolution of nikah in case the husband contracts a dangerous disease like AIDS. In case the wife is suffering from such a disease, the husband can marry another woman but he should not discontinue paying maintenance to his first wife. It is better that he refrains from divorcing the stricken wife, the scholars said.
More than 200 female Muftis and Aalim participated in the deliberations over 150 theological issues in the light of Sharia. The Jamiat-ul-Mominath holds workshops every year to discuss contemporary issues confronted by the community in which female scholars participate.
Dr Rizwana Zarreen, principal, said one of the purposes of the nikah is the fulfilment of natural sexual desires. In cases where dangerous diseases can be transmitted to the partner, the wife can ask for a separation. However, it is not fair for a husband to divorce the wife for the same reason, as a husband can fulfil his sexual urge by marrying another woman. In Islam, men are caretakers of women.
The scholars opined that gender transitioning is prohibited (haram) for women and men as per the Sharia as it is interference in the creation of the Almighty. However, there is an exemption for transgenders. A transgender can choose the gender based on dominated sexual traits.
They also opined that depositing breast milk in mother milk banks for Muslim women and feeding children with milk procured from such banks is not permissible in Islam as it impacts fosterage and terms of nikah. Nikah is prohibited among the children who are fed on milk of the same woman.
The scholars said that there is no disadvantage for Muslims in taking the Coronavirus vaccine even if it contains a few ingredients which are haram as the character of these ingredients has been changed. As per the Sharia, injecting any ingredient which is not permitted but used in changed form is permissible to save human life.