Rajasthan’s ‘women qazis’ face resistance from clerics

Rajasthan’s chief qazi Khalid Usmani said: 'As per Quran, a woman can never be a man’s hakim (ruler/judge). Hence, a woman can never be a qazi.'

Written by Hamza Khan | Jaipur | Published:February 9, 2016 3:54 am

Two women claiming to be the first qazis in Rajasthan have run into trouble with the clerics, almost all of whom have outrightly rejected their new designation or stated that they cannot perform certain religious rituals which male qazis can.

Jaipur residents Afroz Begum and Jahan Ara claimed that they recently completed their two-year training from Darul uloom Niswa in Mumbai and are now the first women qazis in the state, which enable them to solemnise a nikaah and judge the issues of talaaq (divorce) or meher in Islam. (Meher is the amount presented by the groom to the bride at the time of marriage.)

“We wanted to bring justice to women and hence we pursued a two-year course in Mumbai to become qazis. The rights and equality conferred by Allah on humanity 1,500 years ago have still not been granted to women,” said Jahan Ara, 40.

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However, Rajasthan’s chief qazi Khalid Usmani said: “As per Quran, a woman can never be a man’s hakim (ruler/judge). Hence, a woman can never be a qazi. In Islamic history, there is no evidence whatsoever to say that a woman can be a qazi. And if anyone deserved to be a qazi, it was Prophet Muhammad’s daughter Fatima, who is considered a role model, but even she was not a qazi,” he said.

Jahan Ara, however, said there have been women qazis before and one Shabnam from Patna had solemnised over 700 marriages. Afroz Begum, the other qazi, 40, said: “People are opposing us but nowhere in Quran it is said that a woman can’t be a qazi. True, women can’t be Imams (one who lead prayers in a mosque), but they can be qazis and help women.”

All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) member Maulana Khalid Rashid Farangi Mahali said: “At the most, a woman can assist a male qazi in solemnising a marriage, but cannot be the sole qazi solemnising a marriage. It is not Islamically possible.”

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    Raje
    Feb 9, 2016 at 6:55 am
    Says the mullahs of religion of peace and humanity. See all of a certain fake commentators have disappeared when it comes to comments on their own mullah activities. if it would have been an article of on BJP, they would have swarmed and spammed like Bees.
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    1. अशोक.गोविंद.शहा
      Feb 9, 2016 at 3:27 am
      vande mataram-Discrimination among male and female regarding the religious postings and specialy when talaq matters almost decided by male kazi in favour of male, the appointment of female kazi is most justified male kazis making hue and cry is out of supiriority complex If quran has given equal rights to women why not female kazis ? to change male domonance sisters and mothers have to fight relentlessly jagate raho
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        Kaliyug
        Feb 9, 2016 at 2:55 pm
        The Koran cannot be interpreted by anyone else than men, it is about time to let be in public domain and find out what the women's opinions are. After all the women are the ones who are producing the babies.
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          takloo
          Feb 9, 2016 at 11:53 pm
          Trupti Desai should take up this issue
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            Love Others
            Feb 9, 2016 at 7:46 pm
            These people are sick. Some men like suppress women so they can feel superior. Hindu religion is the only religion who have goddess and have some good hope for women. I am not Hindu by the way. But I know about Shiva. Shivalingam is representation of male and female power. People wrote Q**an. Mah***ad was married his first wife on her purposeful not his. Good to woman in power at least there will be some good in this world. Men have created utter chaos.
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              Love Others
              Feb 9, 2016 at 7:50 pm
              Yes, priests are not different but difference they are not saying that there book is saying to so. It is easy to correct but not mullahs.
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                Love Others
                Feb 9, 2016 at 7:51 pm
                Yes, priests are not different but difference they are not saying that there book is saying to so. It is easy to correct but not mullahs.
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                  pop
                  Feb 13, 2016 at 7:13 pm
                  Believing in the Books of Allah (Quran and those given to prophets of other ages) is third on a list of things one needs to have Faith in Islam, and Faith is a primary requirement in the religion. So to reject what is written in the book is a major sin. We have an excuse to prevent our women, what excuse do you have. Get your priests to reform before you target others.
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                    pop
                    Feb 13, 2016 at 6:59 pm
                    Can female priest marry Hindu couple?
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                      Rajiv Pande
                      Feb 9, 2016 at 7:41 pm
                      which female Kazi would ever order the stoning of another woman? Therefore, a woman cannot be a Kazi.
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                        Raghu S
                        Feb 9, 2016 at 3:46 am
                        Islam and all other religions should treat women equal to men as the w humanity is created by God without any distinction and discrimination. No prophet has gone against the will of God. This discrimination and inferior status of woman has been created by clergy of these religions and not by Prophets.
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                          santosh
                          Feb 9, 2016 at 4:54 pm
                          This is the need of the hour in all religions not just in Islam. We have been hampered by male only policy. Razia sultana was an empress quite some time back and she did a good job. Just because prophet’s daughter did not become a priestess does not mean no other woman can become. I would like to become one as well and would contact them to see how it is possible
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                            bigboss
                            Feb 9, 2016 at 11:22 am
                            dont offer rubbish and non sense comments on social media ha ha hahahah first learn and understand your own religion and then comment on other religions ha hahahahah
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                              bigboss
                              Feb 9, 2016 at 11:21 am
                              stop blaming and accusing mullahs, look at your own hindu big priests who are opposing women from performing pujas in various mandirs in india,. take the current example of shani shingnapur in maharashtra of a shani temple ha hahaha women who went to pray were arrested and put n jails, this islam is doing, mullahs are not arresting women and putting them in jails. ha ha hahahahahahah
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                                bigboss
                                Feb 9, 2016 at 11:21 am
                                top blaming and accusing mullahs, look at your own hindu big priests who are opposing women from performing pujas in various mandirs in india,. take the current example of shani shingnapur in maharashtra of a shani temple ha hahaha women who went to pray were arrested and put n jails, this islam is doing, mullahs are not arresting women and putting them in jails. ha ha hahahahahahah
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