Answer: In the name of God, praise be to God, and prayers and peace be upon the prophet of God.
Scholars very nearly agree that it is the right of the father to marry off his young, immature daughter.
For better understanding , the trainer shared many cases that they have dealt with at “ARPAN”.
They also shared their helpline number and distributed handbooks on Child Sexual Abuse to all our teachers.
The workshop was very interactive and many queries of teachers were patiently and effectively answered by the trainer.
Overall, the entire session was very impactful and enriching.
The situation was not as today, where a male or female child continues to stumble through reading and writing even beyond their tenth year.
For a portion of the women in our day deny the jurisprudential efforts of scholars with the accusation that their masculinity leads them to jurisprudence which is in their best-interest, and against women.
This is owing to his authority over her, for as he is responsible for directing her and providing for her, he is also responsible for doing what he believes is in her interest on the issue of marriage.
Ibn Qudama in al-Mughni said: "No one but the father can compel a woman, or marry off a young girl, whether a grandfather or otherwise." This was spoken of by Malik, Abu-'Ubayd al-Thawri, and Ibn Abu-Layli.
As the author of this fatwa points out, this ruling is entirely based on the Qur'an and the example of Prophet Muhammad, who is considered the perfect example for Muslims in all ages.
Question: What is your opinion of the calls from more than one Islamic country to prohibit girls from marrying before the age of eighteen?