Common Usage of Term ‘Khula’ Incorrect - Maulana Sheerani
A decisions taken at a Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) meeting on Wednesday, regarding the definition of the act of ‘khula’, Maulana Sheerani said that the commonplace use of the term to define a separation sought by a woman was incorrect.
“Khula is an agreement between a woman and her husband in case the wife wants to seperate,” he said adding that, “Under Islam, husband can divorce his wife, but if a woman wants to end her marriage, she should enter into an agreement with her husband, which is called a khula.”
He explained that the khula arrangement is usually characterised by a give-and-take. The wife usually pledges money or property if the husband demands compensation in exchange for releasing her from their marital bond.
“However, if the husband is not willing to release the woman their bond and she approaches the court or any arbitration council seeking separation, the term that applies in this case is ‘faskh-i-nikah’ (annulment of marriage), not khula.”
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