What is triple talaq in Islam? When it is the cruelest and demeaning form of divorce practiced against women in Islam, why does it exist then?
Meet a bunch of Islamic researchers, or even those who consider themselves well-acquainted with Islam and they would take no moment to start expounding on the hadith about Muslim divorce.
As per Prophet Muhammad’s narration, “The most hated Halaal to Allah is divorce.” In other words, divorce or talaq is a permissible act in Islam, however, isn’t really encouraged without a good reason. As bizarre and contradictory as it may sound, the statement surely oozes the idea that Allah disapproves of talaq.
Exactly what is triple talaq in Islam? If divorce is such a detested deed in Islam in the first place, how fair could be the concept of instant ‘Triple Talaq’?
‘Triple Talaq’,‘Oral Talaq’, or ‘Talaq-ul-bidat’ are the latest buzzwords that are literally flooding the country’s top bulletins, along with making an impactful appearance over social media these days. And for those who are still wondering what it is about; let us dig straight into some weird facts about the ridiculous notion of ‘Triple Talaq’!
- ‘Triple Talaq’ is the most contested way of dissolving a marriage in Islam.
- It is a unilateral divorce based on a husband’s oral declaration.
- A Muslim male can say or write ‘Talaq’ three times in a row to dissociate himself from his wife in the blink of an eye.
- The wife becomes unlawful to her husband the moment he utters “talaq, talaq, talaq”, be it in a fit of rage, under coercion, or in a drunken state.
Undoubtedly, this Islamic custom is marked by many inherent absurdities.This irrational practice certainly poses a great threat to the idea of gender equality. The fact that ‘triple talaq’ is banned in many Muslim countries across the world, such as Algeria, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Malaysia, Turkey, Indonesia, and Bangladesh is a clear testimony of its futility.
But the question that arises now is how India plans to wrestle the menace of instantaneous ‘triple talaq’?
As per a survey conducted by Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan (Indian Muslim women’s welfare movement) or BMMA, around 95% women who have fallen prey to the exercise of arbitrary triple talaq in India till date, have not received anything in the name of maintenance from their husbands. It is, indeed, a matter of grave concern for a developing nation like ours.
Nonetheless, updates about Narendra Modi government raking up the issue of ‘triple talaq’, yet again, are making rounds. So is ‘muslim vikaas’ on BJP’s latest saffron agenda?
Will religion and the ‘self-acclaimed custodians of Islam continue to dictate the fate of Muslim women in India? Or the government will take strict steps to help women enjoy an equal status as guaranteed by the Constitution of India?
With Islam being the second largest religion in India, and India being a country with the world’s third-largest Muslim population, it becomes paramount for policy anchors and political pundits to deal with matters that concern Muslim customs and laws sincerely, and at the earliest.