04 June, 2007

Temporary marriage to relieve lust ?

It is said that prostitution is the oldest profession in the world.

To prostitute means to give someone the right to use the body for a sum. Do all the prostitutes sell their bodies for money only?

Some might be selling their body for food, or a gift or something else. So, we can say that prostitution means selling the right to use the body for something in exchange.

Marriage or Prostitution ?
Iran Minister favours temporary marriage to relieve lust

Iran's interior minister has challenged a social taboo by urging the revival of the ancient Shia practice of temporary marriage to give young people easier legitimate access to sex.

Moustafa Pourmohammadi, the minister, said the tradition, known as sigheh, should be promoted to offset a trend towards later marriage, which he said was depriving Iran's youth of sexual fulfilment.

The custom of sigheh, which allows couples to establish unions lasting from a few minutes to 99 years, is permitted under Shia Islam, but has been likened in Iran to prostitution.

But Pourmohammadi, a conservative cleric, described it as "God's rule" and said it was an acceptable alternative to pre-marital sex, which is forbidden under Islamic law.

"The increase in the marriage age in this country has caused many problems," he told a conference in the city of Qom.

"Is it possible that Islam is indifferent to a 15-year-old youth into whom God has put lust? We have to find a solution to meet the sexual desire of the youth who have no possibility of marriage. Islam is a comprehensive and complete religion and has a solution for every behaviour and need, and temporary marriage is one of its solutions for the needs of the youth."

He called on religious schools to study the possible side effects of an increase in the practice.

Roughly half of Iran's 70 million people are under the age of 30. Increasing numbers are delaying marriage under monetary pressures, including rising inflation and house prices.

Pourmohammadi's plea echoed a similar call in 1990 by Iran's president at the time, Hashemi Rafsanjani, who said temporary marriage was preferable to being "promiscuous like the westerners."

However, the idea has been attacked by women's groups.

Rafat Bayat, a fundamentalist female MP, said the custom had to be strictly supervised and limited. "Do you accept, yourself, to tell to your daughter's suitor that your daughter has already made temporary marriage several times?" she asked Pourmohammadi.

As it clashes with a cultural tradition favouring women being virgins until marriage, sigheh has been unpopular among Iranians. It allows Muslim men to have temporary marriages with non-Muslim women, but Muslim women can only have such relationships with co-religionists. Sigheh children are classed as legitimate.

The custom is thought to have originated among pre-Islamic Arab tribes. The Prophet Mohammed recommended it to his companions and soldiers, though it was later banned under Sunni Islam.

(The Hindu)

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Anonymous J.T. said...

And once again, we have stupid people becoming stupid-er!
Only concerned about the men's libido. Women are just second class beings. That is why ancient laws favour men.
I am glad it was banned under Sunni Islam.
If they are so horny, there are other ways to take care of it. Involving another human being (a non-muslim at that) is just insulting.

June 04, 2007 8:13 PM  
Blogger Linken Lim said...

Well said !
Stupid is as stupid does.
Thank God, no Malaysian Minister suggests the same yet, but who knows one day...

June 04, 2007 10:05 PM  
Anonymous J.T. said...

"Thank God.. but who knows... " haha
We always believe in Malaysia Boleh. Anything is possible. :D

June 05, 2007 12:33 AM  
Blogger zorro said...

LL, Back in the late 60's I belong to a service club and my duty was as a counsellor to the Good Shepherd Home for wayward women. I visit the home once a month. The inmates were prostitutes. In one of the sessions, an inmate Theresa (from Seramban) told me and my colleague: Mr Khoo, my sister if no assistance is given will also prostitute herself because she cannot pay for her Form Five exam fees. Her mother is bedridden and Theresa as the eldest of 4 siblings went into this trade to put food on the table. She was unfortunately apprehended in a raid and sent to the Home. I asked for the figure and immediately called for a meeting of the executive comm. of our service club. The said sum was collected and I personally went to give the money to Theresa's sister. She passed her Form Five exam and went on to become a secretary. Today, Theresa is married to an engineer and her sister is married to a lawyer. They are all in Australia when the mother died. Her two brothers are gainfully employed in Malaysia. Whoever says that this profession is demeaning has to learn how to empathise.

June 05, 2007 11:39 PM  
Blogger Linken Lim said...


Touching story ! Thanks for sharing.
Whoever says that this profession is demeaning has to learn how to empathise.

June 06, 2007 6:46 PM  

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