Child marriage not to legalise sex, retired Shariah chief judge says

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Although child marriage (pic) is legal for Muslims in Malaysia, it is not encouraged says PAS lawmaker Datuk Ismail Yahya. — File pic

Although child marriage (pic) is legal for Muslims in Malaysia, it is not encouraged says PAS lawmaker Datuk Ismail Yahya. — File pic

KUALA LUMPUR, April 9 — A PAS lawmaker was misguided in his advocacy of child marriages to address premarital sex among teenagers, according to a former Terengganu Shariah chief judge.

Datuk Ismail Yahya said Pasir Puteh MP Datuk Nik Mazian Nik Mohamad from PAS was incorrect in his position as it reduced the institution of marriage to nothing more than a means to legitimise sexual intercourse.

“His views and concerns are seemingly centred only on the issue of sexual intercourse and that’s not right.

“The aim of marriages like these is not driven by the reasoning the one can have sex legally, but to safeguard the family institution and to help girls get guidance from their spouses,” Ismail said, referring to child marriages.

Ismail also said that the Quran did not extol the virtues of marrying minors or encouraged the practice. Read more