Recent Developments in Muslim Marriages and Civil Laws

Last summer, the Guardian reported on a legal proceeding in the United Kingdom that explored the extent to which UK law recognizes a marriage conducted according to Islamic law, yet unaccompanied by a civil law marriage. As described in the article, the husband contended that the couple was never married, and the wife—petitioning for divorce—insisted that they were. … Continue reading Recent Developments in Muslim Marriages and Civil Laws

Commentary :: Recognition and Regulation of Muslim Marriages in South Africa

By Waheeda Amien On August 31, 2018, the Western Cape High Court in South Africa handed down a groundbreaking judgment in the case of Women’s Legal Centre Trust v President of the Republic of South Africa and Others.[1] In this case, a full bench of three High Court judges ordered the South African government to … Continue reading Commentary :: Recognition and Regulation of Muslim Marriages in South Africa

In the News: Muslim Marriages in South Africa

On August 31st, a South African court ruled that Islamic law marriages must be recognized by the government in order to provide greater protections to women and children in case of divorce. Currently in South Africa, the law recognizes “customary marriages,” but only when they are part of the “customs and usages traditionally observed among … Continue reading In the News: Muslim Marriages in South Africa

Moosa NO and Others v. Harnaker and Others (Western Cape High Court of South Africa): Wills Act Incompatible with South Africa Constitution Due to Discrimination Against Muslim Marriages

Contributor Katherine Gonzalez summarizes the recent decision of the Western Cape High Court in Cape Town, South Africa regarding the term "surviving spouse" and how it applies to Muslim marriages.   The Western Cape High Court in Cape Town declared the 1953 Wills Act inconsistent with the South Africa Constitution, because the statute’s provisions were … Continue reading Moosa NO and Others v. Harnaker and Others (Western Cape High Court of South Africa): Wills Act Incompatible with South Africa Constitution Due to Discrimination Against Muslim Marriages