Mufti Qabbani Issues Fatwa against Civil Marriage

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Grand Mufti Mohammed Rashid Qabbani issued a fatwa on Monday against moves to legalize civil marriages inside the country.

The religious edict came a day after President Michel Suleiman tweeted that he would remain steadfast in supporting such unions, while Prime Minister Najib Miqati wrote on his Twitter account that a consensus was required to address the issue.

Qabbani issued the fatwa branding as an apostate any Muslim politician who approves civil marriage legislation.

"Any Muslim with legal or executive authority in Lebanon who supports the legalization of civil marriage is an apostate and outside the religion of Islam," he said on the website of Dar al-Fatwa.

"There are predators lurking among us, trying to sow the bacteria of civil marriage in Lebanon, but they should know that the religious scholars will not hesitate to do their duty" and prevent the passage of such a bill.

Qabbani said offenders would not be eligible to be buried in a Muslim cemetery.

Suleiman had tweeted that he would "respond to the evolution and aspirations of the people and prepare the appropriate laws for the issue of civil marriage."

"There are authorities opposed to civil marriage, but this will not sway my convictions or my quest to put the train on the right track," he said in another tweet.

But after meeting Suleiman on Sunday, Prime Minister Najib Miqati tweeted in Arabic "the current circumstances do not allow us to address new controversial topics that create divisions."

He added in English: "I believe that the civil marriage issue cannot be dealt with from a top-down approach."

The campaign for civil marriage in Lebanon has gained momentum with a daring initiative to create new jurisprudence.

Kholoud Sukkarieh and Nidal Darwish announced earlier this month they had wed as a secular couple by having their religious sects legally struck from their family registers under an article dating from the 1936 French mandate.

Suleiman has since lobbied for a civil marriage law as a "very important step in eradicating sectarianism and solidifying national unity."

Comments 53
Missing ArabDemocrat.com 28 January 2013, 23:24

As a "Sunni", I state that Mohammed Rashid Qabbani does not represent me and does not represent Islam and should be impeached. Indeed, he should be put on trial for incitement of hatred and incitement to murder as some of the nutcases claim that death is the punishment for being a murtad or apostate. Indeed he is not only PREDATOR but is threatening the lives of people.

He stated that "Qabbani said offenders would not be eligible to be buried in a Muslim cemetery." RESIGN RESIGN RESIGN. Enough abusing of the Awqaf and refusing to implement a transparent system of governence. RESIGN! RESIGN! RESIGN!

Thumb andre.jabbour 28 January 2013, 23:55

Big thumb up for you, brother.

Default-user-icon Ali (Guest) 31 January 2013, 15:19

you are not muslim andre so do not discuss muslim's shara2e3

Missing helicopter 29 January 2013, 00:21

Amen, nice to hear it from a Muslim. Well said.

Thumb geha 29 January 2013, 04:40

coming from the father of a thief who has been plundering awkaf money....
this is not only the stance of this mufti, it is also the stance of all other men of the cloth. not long ago rahi (before becoming a patriarch, had a similar stance openly against civil marriage.
this affects their income.
but as Lebanese, if we are to get out of the sectarian thinking in this country, civil marriage is surely a step in that direction.

Thumb lebnanfirst 29 January 2013, 18:44

Yes, @FlameThrower, if the Pope says he is against civil marriage it DOES make him sectarian. The definition of sectarian as an adjective:

sectarian adjective
factional, separatist, partisan, parti pris; doctrinaire, dogmatic, extreme, fanatical, rigid, inflexible, bigoted, hidebound, narrow-minded. ANTONYMS tolerant, liberal.

Default-user-icon Hadil (Guest) 31 January 2013, 15:26

if you are not muslim you do not have the right to discuss muslim's fatwa. i would not discuss any decision taken by the pope or the Raii. If you are muslim, then go learn about your religion first

Thumb shab 30 January 2013, 01:54

ma3ak 100%

Missing allouchi 30 January 2013, 17:48

I agree with you rafehh...people like Qabbani are keeping us in the dark ages...RESIGN RESIGN RESIGN

Default-user-icon Manal (Guest) 31 January 2013, 15:18

do you consider yourself muslim...they you should read the Coran that orders you to obey GOD's and prophete's will
wa ma kana limo2min aw mo2mina iza kada allah amran an yakouna lahom alhiyarato min amrihim

Missing ArabDemocrat.com 28 January 2013, 23:24

Shame on you Qabbani.

Thumb Marc 28 January 2013, 23:28

Shame on this guy! He can state his personal opinion but he can not impose it on all Lebanese let along his own people

Default-user-icon Ahmad (Guest) 31 January 2013, 15:22

you are not muslim Marc so do not discuss a fatwa. do you accept if a muslim discusses a Pope opinion?

Default-user-icon 7asrouny (Guest) 28 January 2013, 23:46

Can somebody please explain to me why people are in favor of Civil Marriage? I am not trying to be smart, I'm serious when I ask this question. A Muslim gets married and the wedding ceremony is a covenant between man and women, likewise a Christian/Jew/etc. What is accomplished by removing this and being more like "Western Society" and their complete disregard to morals/ethics/charity etc."

Default-user-icon George (Guest) 29 January 2013, 13:40

If a Christian man marries a Muslim woman in the Islamic law the kids are Muslim. While typically the children should follow their father. Civil marriage makes sure that Christian/ or Muslim continuation is safe guarded by giving the children the choice. Another example when a Christian woman marries a Muslim she is granted the choice to convert however if she doesn't she can't claim any inheritance and her kids are automatically Muslim in any case does that sound balanced to you ?

Missing beirutbastard00 29 January 2013, 18:01

If two ppl from dif sects, one of them has to change their religion!...

Besides that, it's time we integrate our society.

Thumb lebnanfirst 29 January 2013, 23:46

@7asrouny
That marriage is a covenant between a man and a women as you said, and is indeed true, why inject religion into it? Can a man and a woman not make a covenant unless through religion? Please...

Also, there are more immoral, unethical and other atrocities committed by "religious" folks than otherwise. How would you classify the attack on the WTC by Bin Laden, or the fighting of Hizbollah partisans in Syria and one can go on and on.

To quote Vladimir Lenin (am not crazy about Bolchevik or communist philosophy but this one rings very true): "Religion is the opiate of the masses". We in Lebanon should stop smoking and clear our heads.

Default-user-icon Ezzo (Guest) 30 January 2013, 21:28

Also, some of us just don't want to be associated with any religions, and want to get married in our home country.

Missing peace 28 January 2013, 23:46

chou chatrin bil fatwa! when something does not please them, yella! fatwa! backward mentality and hanging to his privileges that s all!
stupid religions...

Missing thatisit 28 January 2013, 23:49

fatwas like this can only send us back to the dark ages and should be condemned. civil marriage is a right and should be given to those who want to pursue it.

Thumb andre.jabbour 28 January 2013, 23:53

Clerics are the problem, not the average Lebanese. They shouldn't have access to media.

Thumb ghada12 29 January 2013, 00:02

This is like full service gas station attendents putting out a fatwa against self service gas stations. Gibran Khalil Gibran is laughing himself silly, wherever he is.

Missing helicopter 29 January 2013, 00:23

Qabbani issued the fatwa branding as an apostate any Muslim politician who approves civil marriage legislation.
HE IS PLAYING GOD. He just placed himself above everyone and everything.

Thumb primesuspect 29 January 2013, 01:09

which is a sin.... he substitutes himself to God = 7araam.

Thumb jabal10452 29 January 2013, 00:37

I just lost all respect for this man.

Missing beirutbastard00 29 January 2013, 20:29

Yup

Default-user-icon J (Guest) 29 January 2013, 01:27

Qabbani, don't be such a hater bro eza mafik t2ebbo ba2a, it's ok!

Missing dolce 29 January 2013, 01:38

Mikati is right, "the civil marriage issue cannot be dealt with from a top-down approach.", there should be a referundum and let the lebanese people vote for it.

Missing maroun 29 January 2013, 06:57

his kind is the reason lebanon been what it is today ..peoples rights should be above any thing else.we are all humans above anything else and should choose our way of life, only God can judge .

Default-user-icon 3al Mashi (Guest) 29 January 2013, 10:18

Its like him telling a grown man that Santa Claus will not be bringing him any presents this year..

Thumb phoenician 29 January 2013, 10:23

Thats a bit rich coming from someone who implement sharia law with 3erfa marriage, hipocrate twat.

Default-user-icon Fred (Guest) 29 January 2013, 10:55

I am shocked by this!! And I am confused...so sad :(

Default-user-icon + oua nabka + (Guest) 29 January 2013, 11:00

remember that the late rafic harriri put the civil marriage law in the drawer also
so all the comments on the mufti should be the same for the late rafic

Missing beirutbastard00 29 January 2013, 20:36

Shu khas?? :/ ... Rafik harriri put it in the drawer like ten yrs ago to appease some, while accomplishing more than any other. Qabani has issued a religious law against it in 2013! How r u comparing them?

Missing lebanon4ever 29 January 2013, 11:42

What a utter joke all these religious leaders are. I would hate to see his statement on gay marriage!!! Lol

Missing lappeaudecouille 29 January 2013, 11:48

What i enjoyed the most about this thread is that it is filled with thumbs up. Good job folks.

Missing cedartree 29 January 2013, 12:28

Threats coming from a man of god. Shameful.

Missing lqu7 29 January 2013, 13:08

When Hrawi proposed this law, the same Mufti and Hariri senior threw it into the trash bin. History is repeating itself but this time the useless Mikati is throwing it out. What a shame for Lebanon.

Default-user-icon civil marriage (Guest) 29 January 2013, 14:05

Im Happy those religious figures are sensing the fire btw their toes!

Default-user-icon mark (Guest) 29 January 2013, 14:34

Civil mariage is wrong, FATWA, but your son stealing is okay.
all corrupt leaders.

Default-user-icon guest (Guest) 29 January 2013, 17:27

I am Sunni and i believe that Kabbani must resign for his shameful acts, at the same time this doesn't mean because he said he is against civil marriage its OK to approve it. civil marriage is OK for civil countries not for a country were still they mention your religion in the official documents like i5raj qaid. anyways any Muslim knows that civil marriage is against religion, but if any Muslim decide to get married in a civil court, then its between him and God.

Thumb beiruti 29 January 2013, 18:54

In a confessional system, it is the clergy who are empowered at the expense of the people and their government. At the core of the confessional system is the confessional identity of the individual which is determined at birth and by marriage. If confessional identity becomes irrelevant in marriage, then it becomes irrelevant at the birth of children of that marriage.
Qabbani sees with the civil marriage movement that unwinding of confessionalism in Lebanon and with it, his temporal power as a member of the clergy in Lebanon.
It is the first move toward modernism in Lebanon that the clergy return to matters of God and helping people to do well in the next world, while leaving to the civil leaders matters of state and the well being of the people in this world.

Missing bigjohn 29 January 2013, 19:04

I remember in the mid 90's when the pro-Syrian parliament in Lebanon tried to pass a civil marriage law. Off course, ALL religious leaders were opposed to it and it went nowhere. A poll was taken at the time which showed the majority of Christians supporting civil marriage with Rum Orthodox showing the most support with 61% approval and majority of Muslims opposing civil marriage with Sunnis showing the most disapproval with only 10% support (I have a photographic memory with numbers).

Default-user-icon XAB (Guest) 29 January 2013, 19:25

Dearest Mufti,

This is incitement of hatred. YOU, dear sir, deserve to go to jail for this.

Missing samiam 29 January 2013, 19:29

As usual, religious leaders trying to hold on to power and money by denying this. I won't get married in this country because I refuse to pay off clerics.

Missing samiam 29 January 2013, 20:37

agreed 100%--

Thumb bananasplit 30 January 2013, 00:30

Just shows how out of touch with present day Lebanon these clerics are...they live in their own world with no inkling of the dynamics, issues, and concerns of real people. Wish we could just throw rotten eggs and tomatoes at all these selfish hypocrites...

Thumb shab 30 January 2013, 02:01

For once I agree with you

Thumb shab 30 January 2013, 02:01

Religion is poison

Missing helicopter 30 January 2013, 04:17

The final story in Spirits Rebellious, "Khalil, the Heretic", is of a young peasant man who stands up to a corrupt sheik and church. It's not a subtle story, but it is the one that got him exiled from his country and excommunicated from his church.............. Gibran Khalil Gibranm suffered their wrath 100 years ago, and the same whell is still turning.
The Ottoman empire was shaken by his writings.

Missing allouchi 30 January 2013, 17:46

Shame on you ya Qabbani...You are worried about the money that you will lose....You are known to be a thief with your Son...I hope no one listens to you...people like you are keeping us in the dark ages...

Default-user-icon Ezzo (Guest) 30 January 2013, 20:48

Who made this guy God?

Default-user-icon hadi (Guest) 31 January 2013, 15:15

go to hell gabby with your secular trends