AMAL seminar to ‘unpack’ new High Court judgement on Muslim marriages

By Al Qalam Reporter

The Association of Muslim Accountants and Lawyers of SA (AMAL) is hosting a seminar in Durban on October 6 to unpack the recent High Court judgement that grants legal protection to Muslim women and their children upon the dissolution of marriages.

 The title of the seminar is: “Unpacking the Muslim Marriages High Court Judgement (The Women’s Legal Centre Trust Vs The President of the Republic of South Africa & Others) and the way forward.”

The Muslim Judicial Council (SA) had welcomed the recent decision of the Western Cape High Court.

 Judge Siraj Desai, in his judgement, said that the President of the country and other respondents had failed in their constitutional obligation to have legislation enacted that governs Muslim Marriages and its consequences within the South African context.

Shaykh Riad Fataar, 2nd Deputy President of the Muslim Judicial Council (SA) said:  “This is a milestone for Muslims as a minority in South Africa. The significance of this judgement is that the President of the country has now been tasked to enforce the legislation. We would like to remind the President that he can make his mark in history by recognizing the Muslim community in their marriages – which is long overdue,” he said. 

Muslim Marriage Bill would need to be enacted within 24-months as directed by the judegment.

 The speakers at the AMAL seminar include Shaykh Mahomed Shoaib Omar. He currently practices as an attorney and counsel, specialising in Shariah, Corporate Law and complex commercial litigation. He has written a number of books and numerous articles on Islamic law and its contemporary applications, inclusive of Islamic Finance, in English and Arabic. He is regarded as expert in comparative jurisprudence (fiqh al muqaarin).

 The other speakers are well-known Durban attorney and radio commentator Aslam Mayat and attorney Munirah Osman-Hyder whose expertise includes women’s rights, Islamic Law, Muslim Personal Law and Constitutional Litigation and Human Rights.

The seminar takes place at the headquarters of AMAL, Suite 4GMH Centre, 32 West Riding Row, Sherwood, Durban, on Saturday, 6 October from 09h00 – 11h30. The cost is R100 for members and R200 for non-members.

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