WHO DETERMINES THE MARRIAGE AGE LIMIT?(Dr. Ahmad Abubakar Mahmud Gumi)


WHO DETERMINES THE
MARRIAGE AGE LIMIT?
Definitely it will not be a bunch of
liberal senators in a country
majority of its citizen are Muslims.
Marriage is a sacrosanct religious
contract. The secular constitution
has already given, two consensual
adults (biological) the consent to
engage in sexual intercourse, so
what is all this encroachment on
religious sensitivities of people. It is
truly mischievous.
On religious issues that are liable
to different interpretation, Islam has
accepted that only a medically
scientific reason can alter a
decision.
Medically, from the age of 12,
some girls can be mothers. They
can bear children and deliver them
safely. Now in the west, despite the
laws against underage marriage
(less than 18), thousands of
hundreds still gets pregnant out of
illegal sexual activities. Islam as
pragmatic Religion thus permit any
individual, matured to engage in
legal marriage to embrace all
categories of human desires and
protect teenagers from
irresponsible pregnancy. A married
pregnant teen is absolutely in safer
socio-economic state of affairs than
one in an illegitimate teen
pregnancy.
“About 93,000 teenagers, 8,000 of
them under the age of 16, become
pregnant in Britain each year. Just
over half the pregnancies of those
under 16 end in abortion. In the
West, only Canada, New Zealand
and the United States have higher
rates.” The Prime Minister Tony
Blair on learning that two other 12-
year-olds were pregnant by their
teen-age boyfriends had to call for
a “new national moral purpose”
and in June 2000, the government
announced a $96 million plan
aimed at cutting in half the number
of teen pregnancies. The
government also plans a major
overhaul of sex education and
contraceptive services, which will
be publicized more openly and
made more accessible”. [CNN
oct11,99.]
May Allah protect us all from the
Dajjal of this era.

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