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India: Renowned Islamic scholar Asghar Ali Engineer passes away

14th May 2013

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Renowned Islamic scholar Asghar Ali Engineer passes away
[Asghar Ali Engineer passed away in Mumbai after a prolonged illness.
Times of India]

 

HYDERABAD, (Times of India): Prominent social scientist  Asghal Ali Engineer passed away in Mumbai on Tuesday.
Engineer, 74, was the leader of the Progressive Dawoodi Bohra movement and had taken the lead in condemning Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin, the leader of the Bohras, for influencing  Bohras to vote for  Narendra Modi, the chief minister of BJP-ruled Gujarat
Engineer had visited Hyderabad last December and had pushed for reforms in the Muslim Family Law by suggesting the revocation of the system of oral triple talaq (divorce).
He noted that the system was outdated and found no mention in the Quran.
Further, Engineer observed that polygamy in Islam was allowed only in exceptional circumstances. He had noted that certain strict conditions were in place for a man if he wished to marry more than once, thereby making the practice ‘next to impossible’.
A strong advocate of empowerment of women in the Muslim community, Engineer suggested that mehr (dower), given to bride by the groom at the time of nikah, should be in the form of gold or silver and not cash as he believed the value of currency was time bound and eventually depreciates with each passing year. He also expressed his opposition to the practice of deferring payment of the mehr amount.
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