14 Rabiuth Thaani 1432
20th March 2011
NEW SERIES No.2
Before we proceed to examine, analyze and expose the kufr and the unconstitutionality of the
MMB it is important to explain a certain aspect pertaining to the recognition of Islamic Marriages.
Many judges of the High Court, Supreme Court and Constitutional Court as well as politicians of
various hues and persuasions of the post apartheid era, have commented on the reasons for the nonrecognition
of Muslim marriages.
All of these entities, and surprisingly even the judges, have unanimously erred in their unanimous
conclusion that the reason for the non-recognition was the apartheid law. However, despite the
passage of 15 years since the demise of the apartheid law, and the domination of the ANC
government, the position remains exactly the same – namely, no legal recognition for Islamic
If apartheid had truly been the reason as all these entities erroneously contend, then what has
prevented the bestowal of recognition to Muslim marriages even 15 years after the destruction of
the apartheid monster? The contention that apartheid had denied recognition to Islamic Marriages
is a myth. If apartheid had denied such recognition, then today by the very same token, the ANC
democracy is denying recognition despite the fact that the Courts have already decreed recognition
in a number of cases.
The fact is that the very same Marriages Act and other related law Acts which existed during the
apartheid days regulate matrimonial matters today in this so-called democratic society. Everyone
has acted blindly in making apartheid the scapegoat for non-recognition of Muslim marriages in
Just as it is possible today to gain legal recognition for Muslim marriages by registration, so too
was this open for Muslims and for all others during the apartheid regime. The apartheid government
did not debar Muslims from registering their marriages under the Marriages Act and opting for one
of the property regimes offered by the Matrimonial Property Act. And so too, the government today
does not prevent Muslims from taking this route to gain recognition for their marriages.
During the apartheid regime, Muslims were free to register their marriages, and so too are they
free today to register their marriages if they are desirous of legal recognition. The reality is that
those Muslims who did not register their marriages in the apartheid era, and who do not register
even today, are not interested in legal recognition because they are contented with the superior
divine recognition which Allah Azza Wa Jal confers to their marriages. There is no stigma in legal
non-recognition. Hence, most Muslims are not concerned with legal recognition.
It was not apartheid which had denied recognition nor is it the present government which is
denying recognition. It was and still is Muslim attitude which deprives them of legal recognition.
The common denominator of non-recognition in terms of both regimes (apartheid and the ANC) is
Muslim refusal to avail of the law of the land in terms of which recognition is granted.
South Africa during the apartheid era and in the present age has always been a secular state with
secular laws. The secular state has a secular law in place for the purpose of recognizing marriages.
PO Box 3393
Anyone whoever refuses to have his marriage registered in terms of this law will obviously be
denied legal recognition. The same rule applied then and applies now.
If a secular law is in conflict with our Deen (Islam), then it is incumbent for the Muslim
community to approach the authorities with a view to rectify the problem. Engagement with the
authorities to seek a solution for a problem, especially if the problem is an act of suppression of
our religion, is perfectly legitimate and necessary. But where there is no conflict and no suppression
of religion, then engagement is futile and meaningless, and sinister and evil if the engagement is
underlined with pernicious nafsaani motives such as the NNB Jamiat's and MJC's current
However, we must add that the government is at fault in that on the one hand it blames the
apartheid regime for non-recognition of Muslim marriages, and on the other hand, it has perpetuated
the very same system which has denied Islamic Marriages, at least Islamic polygynous marriages.
In so far as Islamic monogamous marriages are concerned, the government can validly argue that it
is not denying recognition because the Marriages Acts are open for all citizens of the country,
including Muslims. So why do those Muslims who clamour for secular/civil recognition refuse to
register their marriages under the secular laws, especially since in this case there is no conflict
between the Shariah and the secular which offers legal recognition? Why do they want a separate
so-called 'religious' Act for recognition, especially when the deceptive 'religious' Act is grossly
irreligious and un-Islamic?
The only perfunctory problem the government of the day is confronted with is the issue of Islamic
polygynous marriages. We say 'perfunctory' because there is a simple solution for this imagined
problem. We shall be petitioning the government with an easy, valid Proposal to solve the
imagined imbroglio around this issue. There will be no valid reason, no rational rational and no
legal reason for refusing our Proposal. Should our Proposal be unacceptable to the government, the
matter shall be tested in the courts of the land, Insha'Allah.
If some warped or convoluted 'religious bill such as MMB is necessary for recognition of
Muslim Marriages, then the ANC government will be in exactly the same position as was the
apartheid government, for it will follow that just as Islamic Marriages per se were not recognized
before, so too are they not recognized today. An extra secular law is required for such recognition.
There is then no difference between to two secular governments (the apartheid one and the ANC
one), for both stipulate a secular law for recognition.
In terms of the Shariah there is no problem in this stipulation as long as its consequence is not in
conflict with Islamic Law. We contend that the law of registration spawning recognition in the
apartheid time and even today is not in conflict with the Shariah, hence there is no need for the
stupid clamour for legislation of the stupid Bill of Kufr. (This argument will continue in No.3,
Meanwhile it remains the incumbent obligation of Muslims to object to MMB. Forward your
letter of objection to the Minister of Justice & Constitutional Development.
The Minister of Justice & Constitutional Development,
c/o Mr. T.N. Matibe,
Private Bag X81,
Fax 086 648 7766
The closing date for comment has been extended by the High Court to 31 May 2011. We are
now asking for another extension in view of the difficult task which the Court has imposed on us to
be executed in such a short space of time.
After sending your objection to the Minister, please forward a copy of your letter of objection
THE MAJLIS, P.O.Box 3393, Port Elizabeth 6056 or
THE KUFR 'MUSLIM' MARRIAGES BILL -CLEARING A MISCONCEPTION
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