Social networking sites are buzzing in Egypt after talking about a new parliamentary legislation to criminalize remarrying without the knowledge of the first wife.
The Egyptian MP, Amal Salama, had demanded that the second marriage be criminalized without notifying the first wife, that the husband be punished by imprisonment if the wife was not formally notified, and that a penalty of imprisonment and a fine be stipulated for the husband if his marital status was not acknowledged in the marriage document.
Representative Hala Abu Al-Saad submitted a bill to amend the text of Article 11 regarding polygamy without the knowledge of the wife.
The project sparked widespread controversy on social media in Egypt.
Some of the tweeters described the deputies’ move as positive.
On the other hand, others considered that “the Egyptian parliament wants to implement secularism indirectly,” they said.
While some criticized the justifications marketed by supporters of pluralism.
Talking about the draft law on polygamy was not limited to Egyptians, but also extended to users from other Arab countries.
Zakaria Al Muharrami tweeted, “I hope that there is legislation in Omani law that prohibits polygamy, except for widows and divorced women.”
According to local media, the Grand Mufti of the Arab Republic of Egypt, Dr. Shawki Allam, resolved the issue of “polygamy,” saying: “Regardless of whether polygamy is an origin or a branch, polygamy must in any case be under the weight of a strong justification, and that There is justice with the rest of the wives.”
He added: “The origin is not polygamy, but polygamy came to treat a social problem, and therefore polygamy should be under the weight of a strong and reasonable justification.”
For his part, the preacher Abdullah Rushdi tweeted on his official account on Twitter, saying: “God has permitted polygamy and stipulated it with the ability to be fair, and a woman whose life is impossible with polygamy can ask for divorce with the return of the dowry to her husband, and the woman before marriage can stipulate that the husband not marry her – as is the doctrine The Hanbali gentlemen – if he violates the condition, then she has the right to annul the contract.”
And he added in a second tweet: “As for saying that polygamy is forbidden and is not permissible except when the first wife is sick or incapacitated, it is a fallible speech that has no evidence in Sharia. Thus it is known that every voice calling for the prohibition of polygamy is a voice that does not adhere to the standard of Sharia.”
However, many of the pioneers of the communication sites re-circulated statements by the Sheikh of Al-Azhar talking about polygamy and its restrictions.