“Why adhere to verbal divorce?” Is marriage orally accepted so that the divorce is accepted verbally? “Is it a spoiler or a protection for the family?” These questions were among a group of questions asked by followers of the Egyptian series “Newton’s Game”, which is shown in the current Ramadan race.
The series caused a sensation on social media, after its last episodes touched on the issue of verbal divorce. It is an issue that has been a subject of division and controversy in Egypt for years, as some episodes of the series show the suffering of the heroine of the artwork from the consequences of her husband’s divorce. orally .
Tweeters objected to the idea of raising this issue and returning it to the front through drama. Some of them accused the makers of the series of working to direct public opinion and consolidate the idea of canceling the verbal divorce, which Al-Azhar rejected.
However, the writer of the series Maha Al-Wazir denied in a television interview that his aim is to raise this issue, noting that “the issue of divorce is a dramatic plot among the plots that the seriess protagonists are going through.”
On the other hand, a group of Twitter users and activists praised the role played by the series in “raising important issues and spreading awareness among Egyptian women of their rights.”
A renewed debate
Under “# verbal divorce” and “#documentation of divorce”, voices have been calling for the annulment of verbal and absentee divorce.
See interacters with Those hashtags Verbal divorce “harmed the rights of women and turned them into a mere weak being controlled by men.”
Therefore, many women are demanding the passage of a law requiring a man to document the divorce and special agreements in court so that it becomes effective.
One of them asks, “How is marriage done through formal contracts and with witnesses, and then leaving the divorce to be decided by one person who may be under the influence of a fit of anger without agreement or obligations?”
Meanwhile, defenders of the idea of ”verbal divorce” rely on what they see as evidence emanating from the provisions of Islamic law. And they say that “legally abolishing the verbal divorce will not cancel the fact that divorce takes place according to Sharia if the husband utters the word.”
Among the tweeters are those who consider the demands to abolish verbal divorce as “neglecting the Sunnah and the fundamentals of religion,” and some of them see it as a “call to emulate the West and an ongoing campaign to secularize the country’s laws.”
While others respond to those who invoke the Sunnah and Sharia by saying: “Time has progressed and the foundations of documentation and the character and behavior of people differed with it.”
From this standpoint, the followers of the series “Newton’s Game” believe that he has succeeded in throwing a stone into the stagnant waters and presenting a courageous image of women who refuse to remain silent in the face of this conflict between Sharia and the law.
Some of the tweets talked about the similarities in the story of “Hana” (the heroine of the series) and what some of their relatives and acquaintances went through.
The discussion about the series intensified when the heroine “Hana” married to “Munis” after her husband “Hazem” divorced her verbally via text message.
Upon her return from travel, Hana is surprised that her first husband returned her in absentia, which raised legal and religious questions.
Official religious bodies did not comment on the controversy surrounding some episodes of the series, but some of the tweeters circulated old fatwas of imams in the Egyptian Dar Al Ifta on the issue.
Four years ago, Al-Azhar’s Council of Senior Scholars rejected Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s call to prevent an oral divorce.
The commission confirmed at the time its position that verbal divorce is acceptable and legitimate, adding that it “breaks the marital bond without requiring testimony or authentication.”
However, Al-Azhar’s position has been opposed by other jurists who believe that verbal divorce may result in the loss of women’s rights. Among them is Sheikh Khaled Al-Jundi.
What is the secret of Newton’s game?
Away from the religious controversy, the series was able to attract the attention of a number of viewers because of ‘Its strange address and its intertwining events ‘.
And it is starring Mona Zaki, who embodied the role of (Hana), Muhammad Mamdouh (Hazem) and Muhammad Farraj (Monis.).
Written and directed by Tamer Mohsen, the series revolves around a couple’s decision to embark on an adventure to travel to the United States to have their child there and give him a chance for a better life by obtaining a nationality.
The wife “Hana” takes the journey alone and insists on continuing it to prove herself to her husband, “Hazem,” who has always underestimated her abilities. During that journey, the couple discover their true potential.
Then The events are intertwined in a social Dramatic framework governed by Newton’s physical laws represented by several movements, the most prominent of which is “Every action has a reaction equal in magnitude and opposite to it in direction.”
Almost every episode carries many questions and opens dozens of arcs that social media users try to close and answer them with an offer Technical reviews of the series.