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LAHORE, Pakistan (RNS) In March, the Council of Islamic Ideology ruled that laws related to the minimum age of marriage were against the teachings of the Quran and that children of any age could get married if they had reached puberty.


  1. “Marrying off girls as young as 10 is still a widespread practice in Pakistan, Afghanistan and elsewhere in Asia and Africa”

    This is child rape.
    And to think that it is first and foremost RELIGION which endorses it should shut down and disqualify ‘faith’ as a part of civilization. Utterly disgraceful and degrading to any possibility of emancipation for women.

    For shame.

  2. “Parliament should not legislate laws which are against the teachings of the Quran and Sunnah,” said Maulana Muhammad Khan Shirani, the council’s chairman.

    The falsity of this statement (re setting limits on marriage age being unIslamic) is unsurprising from an organisation with a track record of illogical, misogynistic statements. Parliament (government) should not legislate laws on the basis of any particular religion or interpretation thereof. Beyond the basic principles of justice, equality and freedom of religion (or no religion), they should not be enforcing the edicts of organisations whose patronage is reciprocated with support, and whose defiance risks being branded as ‘blasphemous’.

  3. Laurence Charles Ringo

    Wow. I’m amazed at how Islam consistently shows its true colors, at least in the nations where It dominates.The”politically correct”West had better wake up and realize that the 7th century mindset of Muhammad is alive and well in more places than you realize.

    • All of religion is the enemy. It is all nonsense.
      It is all deadly. And a lie.

    • Laurence I’m amazed that you’re able to glean the ‘true colors’ of Islam from an article about practices which have no basis in religious teaching. I’m also amazed that you’re able to somehow then draw a direct link to the mindset of Muhammad(sa). Your reasoning is overwhelming. Wow indeed.

  4. Gregory Peterson

    Unlike American Evangelical clerics, the Muslim clerics are the real defenders of “traditional marriage.”