OnIslam KUALA LUMPUR – The marriage of a 12-year-old girl has invited a storm of fury in Malaysia, amid calls for banning child marriages in the Muslim-majority Asian country. ...
Nur Fariza Saad, 12, tied the knot with Fahmi Alias, 19, last week in the northern state of Kedah, triggering uproar in the country
“No parents should be doing this."
Child marriages are common in Malaysia.
No marriage age is set for Muslims in Malaysia.
Under Malaysian law, any Muslim can marry at any age providing there is parental consent and permission of Shari`ah court.
Non-Muslims in Malaysia marry at the age of 18.
This is not the first time child marriages sparked uproar in Malaysia.
But the father of the Muslim bride rejected criticism of her marriage.
"It is better for them to get married rather than doing something improper,” her father, Saad Mustafa, said.
The groom also defended the marriage.
"It is better for us to get married than do things forbidden by our religion,” he said.
“And Nur Fazira has agreed to shoulder the responsibility of a wife at this age."
Marriage in Islam is of utmost importance as it is upon the lawful union of a man and a woman that society grows strong and that moral is preserved.
In Islam it is not permissible for the guardian to compel the one under his guardianship to marry someone she does not desire to marry.
Rather, it is necessary to seek her consent and permission.
Malay Muslims make up nearly 60 percent of Malaysia’s 28 million population.
Malaysia offers the image of a model Muslim country, heading towards the status of developed nation with huge buildings, beautiful cities and a fast track economy.