Dar al-Fatwa Comments on Civil Marriage Controversy

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Dar al-Fatwa, Lebanon's highest Sunni Muslim religious authority, on Monday waded into the renewed debate in the country over the thorny issue of legalizing civil marriage.

The heated discussion was revived by remarks by newly-appointed Interior Minister Raya al-Hassan, who is Lebanon's and the Arab world's first female interior minister.

“The stance of (Grand) Mufti (Sheikh Abdul Latif) Daryan, Dar al-Fatwa, the juristic council and the council of muftis, which categorically rejects and opposes civil marriage in Lebanon, has been well-known for years,” Dar al-Fatwa's press office said in a statement.

“Because it fully contradicts with the rules of Islamic sharia and also violates the stipulations of the Lebanese constitution in terms of the need to respect the personal status law that is applied by the religious courts of the Lebanese,” the office added.

“Accordingly, the draft law cannot be approved in parliament without taking into consideration the viewpoint and stance of Dar al-Fatwa and the rest of religious authorities in Lebanon,” Dar al-Fatwa's press office said.

It also called for “refraining from debating and discussing the issue of civil marriage,” saying “it falls under the jurisdiction of the Lebanese republic's Dar al-Fatwa, which is entrusted with the religion of Islam and the interest of Muslims.”

Al-Hassan's statement has sparked debate between the supporters and opponents of civil marriage in Lebanon.

In an interview with Euronews, the minister said she is personally in favor of having a “framework for civil marriage” in Lebanon.

“I will talk about this issue and seek to open the door for serious and profound dialogue over the topic with all religious authorities and other officials, supported by Prime Minister Saad Hariri, so that civil marriage can be acknowledged,” al-Hassan said.

Comments 10
Thumb galaxy 18 February 2019, 16:47

As long as these religious kiosks exist, Lebanon will always be a joke of a state.

Thumb s.o.s 18 February 2019, 18:20

And as long as politicians ask the opinion of these people, Lebanon will always be a joke of a state.

Thumb whyaskwhy 19 February 2019, 22:05

100% thanks Galaxy!

Thumb Mordekaiser 18 February 2019, 17:50

Civil marriage causes personal connections to develop between Lebanese people of different faiths. This would be a great first step into forming strong personal relations between all lebanese, allowing us to work together and support eachother as family no matter the sect.
This should eventually eliminate the fear, hate and "racism" that are caused due to the sectarian divisions we have in Lebanon. Ultimately this would allow the Lebanese people to thrive together hand in hand as brothers and sisters rather than enemies within the boarders of one country.
Civil marriage would be very good for Lebanon in the long run and anyone against this is an Israeli agent... :)

Thumb chrisrushlau 18 February 2019, 19:40

I believe Naharnet.com is owned by two people of different sects in such a civil marriage. It seems to bear fruit. I hope I don't get them in trouble with the Ministry of the Interior by letting their secret out. I read it on Google or someplace.

Thumb oompa.loompa 18 February 2019, 20:23

I know that Chris Rushlau is a certifiable imbecile. Everyone in his family, the state of Maine, the US army and all the faculty and student at the University know this as well. The did not have to read it on Google or someplace. They came to that same conclusion separately and on their own. The only person that does not know this yet is Noam Chomsky. I hope I don't get Chris in trouble with Noam Chomsky by letting this not so secret secret out.

Thumb oompa.loompa 18 February 2019, 20:33

and chris why would anyone in a civil marriage get in trouble with the Ministry of the Interior? Didn't the interior minster herself come out in favor of civil marriage? Why yes she did and she did it before Dar al-Fatwa commented on the civil marriage controversy on this very site.

Missing un520 21 February 2019, 13:39

Excellent, brother, I`m with you!

Thumb whyaskwhy 19 February 2019, 22:04

The bigger question would be for Ali is when did he learn to read??

Thumb whyaskwhy 19 February 2019, 22:10

So now we hear the Sunna mufti tak about Lebanon being under the "sharia law". Sorry but most Lebanese do not see this 6th century law being applicable to the rest of the nation. If your muftiness does not want to marry a person as holly as your turban is then its your choice but not your law! As long as they keep Lebanon under their religious rules they continue to control its destiny. Look at how well your sharia law works in KSA or in Iran or the wonderful canton of ISIS in Syria. if you are so enamored with that then dont let the door knob hit you in the ass as you leave Lebanon.