Islamic laws forbids forcible marriage, kidnapping – Don

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Ilorin – Prof. Abdulrafi Omotosho of Department of Islamic , University of Ilorin (Unilorin), has asserted that Islamic forbid forcible and kidnapping.

Omotosho made the assertion in his paper presentation at the 191st Inaugural Lecture of Unilorin titled: “She has a lion share under the Islamic ”.

He added that “forbidden according to the laws are sale of women, automatic inheritance of widows and any other methods outside of what is prescribed”.

Omotosho, teaches in the Faculty of of the institution, stated that all these were parts of the efforts to free women from the oppression imposed upon them by those were supposed to be their partners in life.

He observed that there misconception about the of women in , adding that this had led to endless debate, particularly in modern times.

Omotosho said that, historically, women had been subjugated at different periods, when they were treated like , no and they suffered heinous .

He traced the historical context of pre-Islmaic Arabia, where women had no to ownership of property, while the girl-child gets buried alive.

“Before the advent of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), the Arabs abhorred having female children, they either killed them or buried them alive out of fear of poverty and the evils they believed were associated women.

“As they were around the Prophet Muhammad when the Qur’an revealed, Allah did not waste in drawing their attention to the ugliness of what they were doing, ” Omotosho said.

He stated that Islamic law had also forbidden all beliefs and practices that degraded women and advocated equality of women and men through enactment of rules and regulations.

The expert on Islamic Law urged the Federal Government and the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) to educate the general public on the rights of women in the society.

He recommended that a special body be set up to promote and defend the rights of women and empower them, as a first step alternative dispute resolution for women could not afford the cost of litigation in the Shariah court.

“Muslim women and organisations take proactive actions to ensure that they are familiar their rights. is only when one knows one’s right, one can demand for ,” Omotosho said.