A prominent Islamic scholar, Sheikh Dhikrullah Shafii, has explained how some Muslims in the country ignorantly confer ‘bastard’ status on their children.
Shafii, who is the Spiritual Guide of the Conference of Islamic Organisations (CIO) in Nigeria, said this at the on-going 26th National Islamic Training Programme organused by The Muslim Congress (TMC) at Vanguards Academy, Odosengolu, Ijebu Ode, Ogun State.
Sheikh Shafii, who spoke on “Understanding the Rights of Spouses – Focus on the rights of the Wife”, said five marital conditions must be met before the marriage is considered valid.
The cleric without using the Deoxyribonucneic Acid (DNA) parameter showed how Islam jurisprudence provide template for determining paternity of a child.
“No matter the number of years in marriage, Muslims should validate it by following these five conditions as sanctioned by the Qur’an and the traditions of Prophet Muahammad,” the cleric clarified.
According to him, if these are not fulfilled, the affected men, women and children will loose privileges and duties as sanctioned by Islam.
“It is criminal in Islam for women to have intimate relationships without fulfilling the prescribed conditions as outlined in the Shariah.
“It is unfortunate that some so-called Islamic clerics were involved in ‘spiritual’ services in order to have carnal knowledge of married women.
“It is unacceptable to get pregnant before marriage.
“Muslims should not encourage this and they should even be isolated.
“I am also aware of some so-called Muslims hypnotising women for illicit activities and some young Islamic scholars taking advantage of their female students who crave for knowledge.
“Marrying a woman with the intention of divorcing her is conditional, controversial and some who issued Fatwa (Islamic Rulings) and their adherents are fraudulent and self serving,” the CIO leader said.
The Renaissance reports that the annual NITP, taking place in five different centres (Ogun, Osun, FCT & Delta in Nigeria as well as Benin Republic) attracted Muslims male professionals, artisans and the elderly.