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DIVORCE ISLAMIC STYLE: Text-Messaging comes in handy when you have 4 wives. Divorce by text messaging and e-mail is on the rise among Muslim men.

NEW DELHI – A rights organisation based in India said that divorces through e-mail, text message (SMS) and telephone are on the rise among India’s Muslim population. A study on “Marriage and divorce amongst Muslim women in India”, undertaken by Sahiba Hussain, reader, Centre for Dalit and Minorities, Jamia Milia Islamia, highlights that more and more men are divorcing via SMS and e-mail. Where women do not have access to mobile phones or computers, men use landline phones to pronounce the divorce declaration.

Most of the SMS’ and e-mails had husbands complaining along predictable lines. They did not find the wife “beautiful enough”, “compatible enough” or of having brought “adequate dowry”.

“One woman was so confused after receiving the SMS that she sought clarification from the qazi, or Islamic judge who, on reading the pronouncement, said that it did amount to a divorce. “The husband was working abroad when he sent it,” Hussain said.  ADNKRONOS

At least two Muslim men in the Netherlands have terminated their marriages via digital technology, according to an Islamic scholar.

Shaikh Amer, a lecturer in Sharia Studies at Rotterdam’s Islamic University, said he knew of one man who divorced via e-mail and one who sent a message via MSN. SMS text messaging is also used.

An orthodox Muslim man can repudiate his wife by saying the word “talaq” three times, usually in direct conversation with her, or in a written letter. Shi’ite men who want to divorce, however, need to supply two witness accounts of infidelity, in addition to saying the word. Under Islamic law, divorce is not legal until confirmed by a judge or an imam. RNW.NL

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