Muslim clerics ‘don’t live on this planet’
THIS will come as no surprise to Freethinker readers, but what is astonishing is that the observation was made by Ghayasuddin Siddiqui, the head of the Muslim Parliament of Great Britain.
Siddiqui was commenting in The Times on the tragic case of model Sahar Daftary, 23,Â who fell 150ft from the twelfth storey of a block of flats on December 20.
Her death occurred shortly after she learned that her husband, whom she had married last year, was already married. The case, said The Times:
Has shone a light into the murky world of Muslim polygamy in Britain.
Her husband, Rashid Jamil, 33, was arrested on suspicion of murder but bailed by police after they found no evidence that the death was anything other than an accident or suicide.
Ghayasuddin Siddiqui, the head of the Muslim Parliament of Great Britain, told The Times:
This story is very common, unfortunately. We have tried to plug some of the holes in the whole system, but unfortunately our clerics do not live on this planet.
They don’t understand. For them, controlling the sexuality of the woman is far more important than justice, so we have this problem.
Ms Daftary, a Sunni Muslim from London whose family comes from Afghanistan, was crowned Miss Face of Asia in a beauty contest last year.
She was found critically injured by the apartment block in Salford Quays near the Manchester United football ground after a confrontation had taken place between her and Jamil. Also present was Jamil’s other wife, Narissa Amjad, 29, who is expecting a second child by Jamil.
Jamil also had a former wife. They had a daughter but were formally divorced. According to relatives, Mr Jamil had also undergone an arranged marriage in Pakistan that ended in divorce.
Ahmad Thomson, a barrister and founder of the Association of Muslim Lawyers, said that polygamous marriages could work in Britain if all parties were open and in agreement. But he added:
Sometimes the husband has tried to keep the earlier marriage secret. When the second or third wife finds out, it’s devastating.
Islam traditionally allows husbands to take up to four wives at a time.