I wonder if God will uphold PAS’ divorce oath?


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I wonder if God will uphold PAS’ divorce oath?
By Zan Azlee

It’s been awhile since I’ve felt the need to to defend the sacredness of my religion Islam. It used to be very easy because people in Malaysia were just such idiots in interpreting and practicing it.

Since then, it’s been pretty quiet and I just assumed that the Muslims here had started to become more sane and rational in their understanding of the religion. But then the absurdities began again.

PAS members have been on the rampage trying to attack all former members who left the party and started a new one called Amanah.

I guess they must have been desperate because they started bringing religion into the picture (oh wait a minute… its PAS and they always bring religion into the picture).

PAS members started calling out that all those who left the party would now have divorced their wives due to an agreement or oath they had made when they were in the party.

Apparently, all the members of PAS Kelantan had made a ‘bai’ah talak tiga’ oath that if they were to leave the party. This meant that their marriages would automatically be over if they left.

I have several contentions with this. Firstly, what kind of man would actually enter into such an agreement? Do you not love and respect your wife and family at all?

What kind of woman would actually want to be married to such a man? Are women objects that can be used as pawns and bargaining chips?

Secondly, how the hell can an oath like this be deemed Islamic? And for it to be endorsed by a party that is supposedly an Islamic one? Is this what they call standing up for Islam and Muslims?

The Islamic way is to view women as equal partners, if not higher. They are to be respected equally, treated equally and acknowledged equally. No where in Islam does it say that women are beneath men.

And thirdly, I wonder how does this concept of automatic divorce, due to political leanings, stand before the eyes of God?

It’s just so funny and amusing to see these party members actually taking such an issue so seriously and talking about it in public without as much as an ounce of embarrassment.

[This article originally appeared at English.AstroAwani.Com]

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