South Africa announces Recognition of Muslim's marriage

2014-05-02 01:07:14 | Al Muslim News
South Africa announces Recognition of Muslim's marriage

 

South Africa announced recognition of Muslim's marriages and after 300 years of long-awaited campaign African muslim's dream has come true when 100 imams were authorized for Nikkah as legal marriage in Muslim community of the country. Since first Muslims came to S.Africa 300 years ago, the governments did not recognize their marriages, putting them in a legal limbo. Children born from these marriages were regarded as illegitimate, while women were not regarded as spouses when attempting to claim against their deceased husbands’ estates. The first step to end this dilemma was fulfilled on Wednesday, April 30, when the first imams completed a three-day course to learn about the Marriage Act of 1961 and write an exam. The graduation ceremony was attended by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor, her deputy Fatima Chohan and leaders of the Muslim community. All first-time Muslim marriages will now be recorded on the National Population Register, said Home Affairs spokesman Lunga Ngqengelele..

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