German court dismisses claim from woman demanding pilgrimage to Mecca

MECCA, SAUDI ARABIA - AUGUST 14: Muslim Hajj pilgrims perform evening prayer around the Kaaba, Islam's holiest site, located in the center of the Masjid al-Haram (Grand Mosque) in Mecca, Saudi Arabia on August 14, 2018. ( Mustafa Çiftçi - Anadolu Agency )

A German court on Monday dismissed a claim from a woman, who was demanding her husband pay for her pilgrimage to Mecca, after having promised to do so in an Islamic marriage contract.

Judges in a court in Frankfurt found that the promise to pay for the Hajj to Islam’s holiest city, a mandatory religious duty for every able-bodied Muslim who can afford it, at least once in a lifetime, was not enforceable under German law.

Such a promise “is not compatible with the basic understanding of marriage in modern society,’’ the judges said in their decision.

The woman that brought the claim had married her husband in 2006 according to Islamic rituals.

The couple officially divorced in 2017 and the woman had sought to get her ex-husband to pay for the pilgrimage despite the dissolution of the marriage.



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