Few days earlier, we came across a news which said, that a minor Muslim girl (17 years old) from Hyderabad (India) was forced to marry 6 different people by her parents for a good sum of money. As per the police complaint, she accused her parents of selling her off in the name of marriage six times in the past two years. This is nothing different than prostitution, where a girl is forced to Marry a man just for sex, and in return the man pays a heavy sum to the parents of minor Girl. But is this form of temporary marriage or prostitution allowed in Islam? Let’s read the news and the sources from canonical scripture of Islam, which approves temporary marriages and prostitution.
[DNA] Poor Muslim girls are being sold off in the name of marriage to wealthy and aged Arab Sheikhs in Hyderabad.
Last Monday, a 17-year-old girl approached the police when her parents tried to marry her off for the sixth time.
The girl, the third daughter of a paan shop owner, Mohammed Akbar, 52, from Hafeezbabanagar escaped with the help of an NGO when she was being taken in an auto to meet the prospective groom — a 50-year-old Sudanese man — at a city hotel.
In her police complaint, she accused her parents of selling her off in the name of marriage six times in the past two years. Her father, his third wife and the Sudanese national has been arrested.
“We are trying to identify the kazi and the brokers who fixed the wedding,” ACP Sai Krishna of Santoshnagar police station said.
In 1992, the menace came to light when an air hostess rescued a 12-year-old girl, who was being forcibly married off, from Hyderabad-Mumbai flight.
But more than 20 years later, the problem persists. It has now spread its tentacles to Muslim-dominated towns in Kerala and Karnataka where it is referred to as “Arabi kalyanam”, “Mysore kalyanam” or “Male kalyanam”. In Hyderabad it is known as ‘Arab nikah’ where minor girls are married off in exchange of money. These marriages last for a few days to a couple of months after which the bride is divorced.
The police said Akbar with help from his third wife Niloufer and broker Rehana married off the girl six times in a row since 2012. She was first sold to one Basheer from Nagpur for Rs30,000. A few months later Basheer divorced her and she was married off to an NRI, Jamal, in Pune for Rs30,000. She was married off to Saudi Sheikhs for the third and fourth time. Her parents received something between Rs50,000 and Rs1 lakh in 2013.
The Sheikhs, said the girl in her complaint, held her captive for three months. She was never allowed to go anywhere without a guard or an escort.
Her fifth marriage was with a Bahrain national in Hyderabad for Rs1 lakh a few months ago. On January 14 this year, her father fixed her sixth marriage with a 50-year-old Sudanese national, Mannan, for Rs1 lakh.
After reading this news, any sane minded person will at once say this is prostitution forced by the parents themselves on the girls . Now lets see few authentic Hadith and verses from Quran, which may be surprising for readers, as they support this form of temporary marriages and prostitution.
Sahih Muslim 3248—Ibn Uraij reported: ‘Ati’ reported that Jabir b. Abdullah came to perform ‘Umra, and we came to his abode, and the people asked him about different things, and then they made a mention of temporary marriage, whereupon he said: Yes, we had been benefiting ourselves by this temporary marriage during the lifetime of the Holy Prophet and during the time of Abu Bakr and ‘Umar.
This Hadith claim that the temporary marriage or prostitution was prevalent in the time of Islamic prophet Muhammad and Caliph Abu Bakr and Umar. This is not the only reference to prostitution, read this:
Sahih al-Bukhari 5079—We used to participate in the holy battles led by Allah’s Messenger and we had nothing (no wives) with us. So we said, “Shall we get ourselves castrated?” He forbade us that and then allowed us to marry a woman temporarily by giving her even a garment and then he recited to us: “O you who believe! Make not unlawful the good things which Allah has made lawful for you.” (5.87) [Source]
As per this Hadith, it was Prophet of Islam, Muhammad himself who allowed temporary marriage and is even supported and revealed by Allah in his Quran 5:87. So it is safe to say that Temporary Marriages and Prostitution is allowed in Islam.