March 31, 2006

Muslim Man Divorces Wife, In His Sleep; Sharia Law Upholds The Divorce
— Ace

It reminds me of that Steve Martin bit where he said it was some custom, somewhere, to divorce a wife to say "I break with you, I break with you, I break with you," and then throw poop on the woman's shoes.

In Sharia law, a man can immediately divorce his wife -- no judges needed! -- by simply saying "talaq, talaq, talaq." A Muslim man said this in his sleep, after taking sleeping pills, but he says he didn't mean it and the couple want to stay together.

Local religious authorities may require them, per Sharia, to remarry, but only after a three month separation, during which time they won't be allowed to see each other freely (as women can't see a man not a family member without a chaperone or whatever).

I don't know if I buy the couples' story -- if he just said it in his sleep, why does everyone seem to know about it? -- but it is yet another strange custom, made further strange by the insistence that it take full effect, even though the man is now calling "take-backs."

Posted by: Ace at 08:25 AM | Comments (18)
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1 Wow, Allahpundit is guest-blogging for Michelle Malkin.

Posted by: lauraw at March 31, 2006 08:34 AM (qKNMG)

2 According to Mullahs, the divorce is final. Now, if they want to marry again, the woman must marry someone else, spend atleast one night with the new husband, get divorced from him (the new husband must agree to it. The woman cannot ask for a divorce), and then after some passage time, she can remarry her old sleeptalker husband. Fun!

Posted by: Tushar D at March 31, 2006 08:35 AM (tyRhL)

3 Well, its odd, but that's the way they do things.

However, this is something feminists should be ripping their hair out and screaming about. Don't lose sleep waiting for them to say ANYTHING though.

Posted by: Canelone at March 31, 2006 08:40 AM (1Vbso)

4 This isn't the first dumbass divorce story:

A while back there was a situation, which occurred in Pakistan. They were shooting a soap opera where according to the script the man had to say these words "I divorce you" three times to his soap opera wife.

The problem arose because the actors were also wife and a husband in real wife. And because the words were said in front of the witnesses, they were divorced in real life.

Now in some Muslim countries the couple is considered to be divorced

The Muslim tradition of blurring fiction with reality would certainly goes a long ways towards explaining the lack of gay-friendly, woman-friendly, multi-cultural friendly cinema. For starters, the actors would be killed, so you'd have to find new ones to star in the sequels.

otoh, I'm guessing that Pakistani/Iranian cinema have their versions of "Red Dawn" that would make Patrick Swayze blush and would stun Larry the Urbanite.


Posted by: BumperStickerist at March 31, 2006 08:42 AM (PcDvW)

5 "I break with thee
I break with thee
I break with thee
Then we throw dogpoop on their shoes.
Later on, we go out looking for the girls with the dogpoop on their shoes"

Posted by: rhodeymark at March 31, 2006 08:59 AM (cqZXM)

6 So, who blabbed about what the guy said? I can understand that the wife might mention it to her husband. But, did they believe they might be divorced and sought an opinion from a cleric? That was stupid.

Personally, I like the rule that says if you see your spouse naked, you are automatically divorced.

Posted by: shawn at March 31, 2006 09:00 AM (uLve2)

7 That's like me admitting to my wife that I had a wet dream.


Posted by: Pixelflash at March 31, 2006 09:04 AM (O+1/6)

8 Someone on another blog suggested that perhaps the woman made this up so that SHE could get a divorce! We'll know the truth if she DOESN'T divorce the second man.

Posted by: rabidfox at March 31, 2006 09:09 AM (4N4Vs)

9 "So, who blabbed about what the guy said?"

One possible explanation is that the wife heard the hubby blab in sleep, and woke up the neighborhood by crying out.

Posted by: Tushar D at March 31, 2006 09:30 AM (h76y6)

10 You're assuming that the man and wife have a separate room and a bit of privacy. Because of your westernized imperial perspective and shit.

Quite possibly they were sleeping in the same room as his widowed mom, 4 younger brothers, their wives, all of the kids, a couple of sheep, and a pig. OK that last part was a joke

Posted by: Sticky B at March 31, 2006 09:37 AM (9vsrW)

11 If I ever get married, I figure it will probably happen in about the same way

Posted by: brak at March 31, 2006 09:49 AM (yHvEo)

12 Latka nik-nik lavorschnyi; Simka lavorschnyi nik-nik.

Posted by: Rev. Gorky at March 31, 2006 10:11 AM (z4es9)

13 It reminds me of that Steve Martin bit where he said it was some custom, somewhere, to divorce a wife to say "I break with you, I break with you, I break with you," and then throw poop on the woman's shoes.

It's Dog poop. Gotta be specifiic.
If you were to use goat poop, for example, it would mean you were trying to invite the woman to a BBQ. And if you were using elephant poop, it would mean you were a weightlifter.

Gotta be speciifc.

Posted by: Bithead at March 31, 2006 10:16 AM (+w3w9)

14 The man's name is Akhtar. The elders in his village of Dalgaon Basti near Falakata in northern West Bengal found out because Akhtar's wife, Sobena, told some friends, thinking it was a funny story. Her friends then blabbed to others and it got to the elders. He's basically told the Muslim elders to go jump in the lake. But his father, Ebadat, owns a grocery store, and now no one in the village will shop there because they are convinced Akhtar is commiting fornication. Even though the village elders are now a laughing stock acros several continents, they refuse to change their decision.

Posted by: Danny Carlton at March 31, 2006 10:53 AM (simmk)

15 Divorce by cell phone.

Posted by: Dale at March 31, 2006 01:21 PM (VE3QR)

16 Thanks for posting that event, BumperStickerist!

Unrelated, sort of: Is there any evidence for the claim that while Hulagu Khan was marching towards Baghdad, the clerics of Baghdad were too busy debating whether frog's urine was pure or impure rather than preparing for his invasion? Mustansir Hussein Tarar makes this claim in "Meri Begum Ki Saukanein" (My Wife's Rival Wives) (in Chik Chuk. Lahore, Pakistan: Sang-e Mel Publications, 1999, pp. 233-236). He's a comedian and TV personality in Pakistan, so I don't know if he's misinformed, joking, or actually accurate. (He contrasts this to the furor over the TV couple whose marriage was being debated, as BumperStickerist mentioned.) If his claim is true, it would be highly interesting.

Posted by: Muslihoon at March 31, 2006 01:55 PM (Q8UK2)

17 The dreaded Triple Talaq.

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