ISLAMABAD: The Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) on Tuesday ruled that Pakistani laws prohibiting marriage of underage children are un-Islamic.Which in actual practice looks like this:
At the end of its two-day session on Tuesday, the CII said that according to Islam there is no minimum age of marriage. Islam does not forbid marriage of young children, the council said. However, the rukhsati (consummation of marriage) is allowed only in the case that both husband and wife have reached puberty.
Give the Pakistani government credit for passing the law in question. The religious experts, the keepers of the Islamic flame, however, rush straight to the most absurd interpretation of shariah. Is it possible for there to be the minutest adjustment of interpretation to prohibit something clearly susceptible to abuse? Why, no, actually.
In the West a woman must consent to her marriage, quite apart from the issue of sufficient age. Children here are considered to lack the mental capacity to assent knowingly but under Islamic law the child's capacity to give meaningful consent is irrelevant. And the man-eating Western feminists will maintain their studied radio silence on this absurd Islamic abuse of women, as they do on all other forms of Islamic abuse of women.
"Ban on underage marriage un-Islamic: CII." Paktribune, 3/12/14.