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  • ~ NEW FAMILY CODE, ROSY FUTURE FOR MOROCCAN WOMEN ~



    By Karima Rhanem

    Women in Morocco and their counterparts in the rest of the world celebrate today the International Women's day. March 8 in Morocco is very significant, because it commemorates the first year of the adoption of the new Family Code on January 23, 2004 by the House of Advisors.

    The new Family Code, which promotes equality between men and women, is considered an important legal asset in human rights. This reform, in harmony with the teachings of Islam, was seen as “revolutionary” and was largely welcomed in Morocco and worldwide. The law was also seen as a model in the Arab World.

    Specialized jurisdictions have been set up in Moroccan courts to implement the new Code.

    Justice Minister, Mohamed Bouzoubaa, said that “the government is keen to meet all the necessary conditions for a successful implementation of the Family Code, and make sure the law meets the aspirations of all Moroccans.”

    Aïcha Lakhmas, a lawyer and a president of the NGO “Union of Women Employees”, said that the Family Code, generally known as “Mudawana” brought essential and fundamental changes in comparison with the former code, known as the “Code of Personal Status”.

    “The Family Code brought fundamental changes, especially at the judicial level. It guarantees both the rights of married and divorced women. It's needless to mention the rights of children and the mother's child custody,” said Lakhmas.

    The Family Code sparked controversy in the past six years. This led to a massive protest in 2000 against any change in the Mudawana. In response to the intense public debate on women's rights, and the failure of the special committee in charged of looking into the controversial aspects of the reforms, King Mohammed VI stepped in, setting up a Royal Commission, made up of Islamic scholars and women's representatives. After several consultations, the monarch announced the new reforms when addressing the parliament on October 10, 2003.

    The King said he wanted to prevent society from splitting apart over this issue. He stated that the aim of these reforms was to draw up a modern family law consistent with the spirit of Islam. “I cannot make licit what God has forbidden, nor forbid what he has made lawful,” the King said.

    The new reform placed families under the joint responsibility of both spouses. The family law is not considered as legislation devised for women only, but rather as a code for the family: father, mother, and children. The Code aims to free women from the injustices they endure, in addition to protecting children's rights and safeguarding men's dignity. Women now have the right to ask for divorce; the legal age of marriage for girls is raised from 15 to 18; polygamy is not outlawed but is made practically impossible; and child custody in the case of separation is given as a priority to the mother.

    The Family Code was the Millennium revolution of both the King and the people. The sovereign had made it clear that a society cannot move forward when half of its members is lagging behind and denied the most basic rights guaranteed by Islam and the Koran.

    Several efforts have been made by the Moroccan society to preserve the rights of women at all levels. Today, 33% of Moroccan women are active, 22% are supporting their families and an increasingly high number of them have access to top positions.

    While the Moroccan government includes only two women and the parliament three women, political parties have agreed that 30 women will sit in the coming legislature.
    However, despite this impressive headway, there is still the need for a considerable educational effort, particularly in girls' schooling.

    Aïcha Lakhmas sees these reforms as pioneering and fundamental. However, she said that there are still some problems preventing the effective implementation of the Code. Lakhmas thinks setting up suitable facilities for the administration of family justice in all courts of the Kingdom, and ensuring that court staffs are trained, at all levels, and qualified to shoulder their future responsibilities is a basic necessity. “Efforts must also be made to reach deadlines laid down in the current civil procedure act to expedite family matters,” said Lakhmas.

    The lawyer also demands that the government should provide the court with the necessary infrastructure as well as human and financial resources.



    HOUDA~K

    The requirements are simple, the reward is high -be prepared, think well before you die.

  • #2
    ~ HILLARY CLINTON : PRAISES MOROCCO’S ACHIEVMENTS IN WOMEN’S RIGHTS ~



    US Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton praised the new family code enacted in Morocco last year saying "Morocco recently instituted a new family law that gives women equal rights to make decisions about marriage, divorce, custody and alimony.”



    The new law stipulates that both spouses are responsible for the family and lift the requirement for wives to obey their husband. It also raises legal minimum age for women to marry from 15 to 18 and enables women to seek divorce in the same manner as husbands, institutes divorce by mutual consent, whereas the former Mudawana allowed men to divorce by uttering a repudiation formula, without any court intervention.

    Likewise, polygamy was not outlawed but subjected to stringent conditions that make it almost impossible.

    Speaking at a public forum held in New York in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the UN Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, New York Democrat senator said freedom and prosperity of nations are closely linked to the “legal protections and rights for women”, asserting that “a nation cannot advance into the 21st century, into the Information Age, without educated, literate women.”

    “Women's rights are human rights and human rights are women's rights,” said America's former first lady, calling for governments to promote and protect women's rights unequivocally.

    “Stronger, healthier and productive women are the key to building stronger, more peaceful societies,” she concluded.


    HOUDA~K

    The requirements are simple, the reward is high -be prepared, think well before you die.

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    • #3
      Law for moroccon women

      Originally posted by HOUDA-K


      By Karima Rhanem

      Women in Morocco and their counterparts in the rest of the world celebrate today the International Women's day. March 8 in Morocco is very significant, because it commemorates the first year of the adoption of the new Family Code on January 23, 2004 by the House of Advisors.

      The new Family Code, which promotes equality between men and women, is considered an important legal asset in human rights. This reform, in harmony with the teachings of Islam, was seen as “revolutionary” and was largely welcomed in Morocco and worldwide. The law was also seen as a model in the Arab World.

      Specialized jurisdictions have been set up in Moroccan courts to implement the new Code.

      Justice Minister, Mohamed Bouzoubaa, said that “the government is keen to meet all the necessary conditions for a successful implementation of the Family Code, and make sure the law meets the aspirations of all Moroccans.”

      Aïcha Lakhmas, a lawyer and a president of the NGO “Union of Women Employees”, said that the Family Code, generally known as “Mudawana” brought essential and fundamental changes in comparison with the former code, known as the “Code of Personal Status”.

      “The Family Code brought fundamental changes, especially at the judicial level. It guarantees both the rights of married and divorced women. It's needless to mention the rights of children and the mother's child custody,” said Lakhmas.

      The Family Code sparked controversy in the past six years. This led to a massive protest in 2000 against any change in the Mudawana. In response to the intense public debate on women's rights, and the failure of the special committee in charged of looking into the controversial aspects of the reforms, King Mohammed VI stepped in, setting up a Royal Commission, made up of Islamic scholars and women's representatives. After several consultations, the monarch announced the new reforms when addressing the parliament on October 10, 2003.

      The King said he wanted to prevent society from splitting apart over this issue. He stated that the aim of these reforms was to draw up a modern family law consistent with the spirit of Islam. “I cannot make licit what God has forbidden, nor forbid what he has made lawful,” the King said.

      The new reform placed families under the joint responsibility of both spouses. The family law is not considered as legislation devised for women only, but rather as a code for the family: father, mother, and children. The Code aims to free women from the injustices they endure, in addition to protecting children's rights and safeguarding men's dignity. Women now have the right to ask for divorce; the legal age of marriage for girls is raised from 15 to 18; polygamy is not outlawed but is made practically impossible; and child custody in the case of separation is given as a priority to the mother.

      The Family Code was the Millennium revolution of both the King and the people. The sovereign had made it clear that a society cannot move forward when half of its members is lagging behind and denied the most basic rights guaranteed by Islam and the Koran.

      Several efforts have been made by the Moroccan society to preserve the rights of women at all levels. Today, 33% of Moroccan women are active, 22% are supporting their families and an increasingly high number of them have access to top positions.

      While the Moroccan government includes only two women and the parliament three women, political parties have agreed that 30 women will sit in the coming legislature.
      However, despite this impressive headway, there is still the need for a considerable educational effort, particularly in girls' schooling.

      Aïcha Lakhmas sees these reforms as pioneering and fundamental. However, she said that there are still some problems preventing the effective implementation of the Code. Lakhmas thinks setting up suitable facilities for the administration of family justice in all courts of the Kingdom, and ensuring that court staffs are trained, at all levels, and qualified to shoulder their future responsibilities is a basic necessity. “Efforts must also be made to reach deadlines laid down in the current civil procedure act to expedite family matters,” said Lakhmas.

      The lawyer also demands that the government should provide the court with the necessary infrastructure as well as human and financial resources.



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      • #4
        Bismillah ir-rahmaan ir-raheem
        Allahumma salli ala Muhammed
        As-salamu-laykum

        Aoodthu Billahi Min Ash Shaytaan Ir-Rajeem

        004.034
        YUSUFALI: Men are the protectors and maintainers of women, because Allah has given the one more (strength) than the other, and because they support them from their means. Therefore the righteous women are devoutly obedient, and guard in (the husband's) absence what Allah would have them guard. As to those women on whose part ye fear disloyalty and ill-conduct, admonish them (first), (Next), refuse to share their beds, (And last) beat them (lightly); but if they return to obedience, seek not against them Means (of annoyance): For Allah is Most High, great (above you all).

        *****

        How can the Moudwanna saction women not being obedient to their husbands!!! It's just a ploy to appease the E.U. and to separate the kafiroon from the sadeeqah, unbelievers from the believers.

        Soubhanna Allak,
        Sheikh Ieesau ibn Mhamed

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        • #5
          Originally posted by CarlEdwardRoss
          Bismillah ir-rahmaan ir-raheem
          Allahumma salli ala Muhammed
          As-salamu-laykum

          Aoodthu Billahi Min Ash Shaytaan Ir-Rajeem

          004.034
          YUSUFALI: Men are the protectors and maintainers of women, because Allah has given the one more (strength) than the other, and because they support them from their means. Therefore the righteous women are devoutly obedient, and guard in (the husband's) absence what Allah would have them guard. As to those women on whose part ye fear disloyalty and ill-conduct, admonish them (first), (Next), refuse to share their beds, (And last) beat them (lightly); but if they return to obedience, seek not against them Means (of annoyance): For Allah is Most High, great (above you all).

          *****



          How can the Moudwanna saction women not being obedient to their husbands!!! It's just a ploy to appease the E.U. and to separate the kafiroon from the sadeeqah, unbelievers from the believers.

          Soubhanna Allak,
          Sheikh Ieesau ibn Mhamed
          Thats a typical man from the gulf.Cant expect anything better from u hypocrites who just want to think themsleves superior to woman.God alwyas has treated the males and females alike.If men r disloyal they shudnt be considered muslims.WHy do u guys forget that its not a muslim way to be disloyal.For ****ing other women at every given oppurtunity u r not muslims.SInce u r not allowed in yr country u visit countries like morocco,lebanon,syria,egypt,tunisia,algeria.Bloody Hypocrite.It is u guys who must be hung by yr balls and not those women beaten.This shows u r still a cannibal and not a civilised citizen.
          It is men like u who have made life hell for innocent muslim women.Thas why many moroccon women dont like arabs or u zeros.

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          • #6
            Don't waste your energy on Carl, ahlam. He is one of these fanatic American reverts (I assume) with a desire to marry an exotic girl from Morocco Therefore he appointed himself a being a sheikh. In fact he is just a Lawrencia of Arabia in disguise

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Ma_Li_Ka
              Don't waste your energy on Carl, ahlam. He is one of these fanatic American reverts (I assume) with a desire to marry an exotic girl from Morocco Therefore he appointed himself a being a sheikh. In fact he is just a Lawrencia of Arabia in disguise
              "Ahlam_2005" (or previously alham) here , is a 32 year old Indian Hindu guy who seems to hate arab men and has a perversion for Moroccan women. If Hindu india is so great for women, he needs to go to India and stop the bride burning and rapes in India before taking the case of Muslim women in marocco.

              Here is a pervious gem from 'Ahlam_2005':

              http://www.morocco.com/forums/showth...threadid=21906

              this law can be a exception to nations as below:
              1) Palestine: who might try to marry just 2 get a state
              2) gulf countries: as they might try to invest so much of thier oil money and then try to run the economy of country and make the govt do as they like.There another intrest in women wud make the females in morocoo vulnerable for their stupid carnal desires.See wot happened to US with all that saudi investment.
              3)Terrorist countries.
              The above countries if banned the ban must be for both morocco man and woman so equality remains.
              or all other nations the woman shud be a given a green signal.
              I guess this Indian Hindu really wants Moroccan nationality? or maybe he is the product of a Hindu father and a Moroccan prostitute?


              Carl is a Muslim and has done nothig more than quote from the Quran.


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              • #8
                Bismillah ir-rahmaan ir-raheem
                Aoodthu Billahi min ash shaytaan ir-rajeem
                Allahumma salli ala nabi Muhammed

                “And the male is not like the female”
                [Aal ‘Imraan 3:36]

                Praise be to Allaah.

                Firstly:

                This word – equality – which many thinkers in both the east and the west advocate in various fields of life is a word which is based on deviation and a lack of understanding, especially when the speaker attributes this idea of equality to the Qur’aan and to Islam.

                One of the things that people misunderstand is when they say that “Islam is the religion of equality”. What they should say is that Islam is the religion of justice.

                Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:

                “Here we should note that there are some people who speak of equality instead of justice, and this is a mistake. We should not say equality, because equality implies no differentiation between the two. Because of this unjust call for equality, they started to ask, what is the difference between male and female?’ So they made males and females the same, and then the communists said, ‘What difference is there between ruler and subject? No one has any authority over anyone else, not even fathers and sons; the father has no authority over his son,’ and so on.

                But if we say justice, which means giving each one that to which he or she is entitled, this misunderstanding no longer applies, and the word used is correct. Hence it does not say in the Qur’aan that Allaah enjoins equality, rather it says (interpretation of the meaning):

                “Verily, Allaah enjoins Al‑‘Adl (i.e. justice)”

                [al-Nahl 16:90]

                “and that when you judge between men, you judge with justice”

                [al-Nisa’ 4:58]

                Those who say that Islam is the religion of equality are lying against Islam. Rather Islam is the religion of justice which means treating equally those who are equal and differentiating between those who are different.

                No one who knows the religion of Islam would say that it is the religion of equality. Rather what shows you that this principle is false is the fact that most of what is mentioned in the Qur’aan denies equality, as in the following verses:

                ‘Say: Are those who know equal to those who know not?”

                [al-Zumar 39:9]

                ‘Say: Is the blind equal to the one who sees? Or darkness equal to light?’

                [al-Ra’d 13:16]

                ‘Not equal among you are those who spent and fought before the conquering (of Makkah, with those among you who did so later’

                [al-Hadeed 57:10]

                ‘Not equal are those of the believers who sit (at home), except those who are disabled (by injury or are blind or lame), and those who strive hard and fight in the Cause of Allaah with their wealth and their live’

                [al-Nisa’ 4:95]

                Not one single letter in the Qur’aan enjoins equality, rather it enjoins justice. You will also find that the word justice is acceptable to people, for I feel that if I am better than this man in terms of knowledge, or wealth, or piety, or in doing good, I would not like for him to be equal to me.

                Every man knows that he find it unacceptable if we say that the male is equal to the female.”

                As-salaamu-laykum;

                Men and women are prescribed to behave and act diffrently in many areas of life, such as, clothing, marriage, during prayer so believe and say that men and women are equal is obviously and innovation(bidah).

                maroc88:

                Are you sure al-Ham is a man? He responds like the women who respond! I can not tell the difference. To much wine perhaps?

                Ma-li-ka:

                How do you know that I am an American? If I am a fantic then we shall call you the un-pious one(shaytaan?). May be you should try reverting yourself. In fact in Morocco I have no need to desire to marry, I have more then enough offers to marry a Moroccan woman if I so choose. Perhaps you are jealous and wish to mary one too. Finally, as to being Lawerence, my skin complexion will not allow me to pass for a blue-eyed white man so it apperars you are wrong on all accounts and have not a clue about what is going on in my world, yours nor the hereafter.

                al-HAM;

                Last but least, enough said.

                Soubhanna Allah wa bihamdika;
                Sheikh Ieeasu Ibn Mhamed

                P.S. Find something better to pick besides where I come from and my name. It is getting retarded.



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                • #9

                  we basically believe that men and women should be treated
                  on equal footing,but obviously women dont hav the will
                  and strong capability to jump up the opportunities
                  provided.Her biggest flaw that she is usually conducted
                  by her emotional side unlike the man who is realistic..
                  down-to-earth.salam

                  www.moroccanstar.co.uk

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                  • #10
                    salam all,
                    does anyone know the difficulties a woman would face in trying to divorce a husband that doesnt want a divorce?
                    i know you have to prove some sort of negligence on the part of the husband but i heard that even that is hard to prove.

                    i heard things were getting better but there doesnt seem to be much change in the local courts in morocco.

                    I'm a guy and i heard that a situation like this can be tough, but i realised i dont actually know for sure.

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                    • #11


                      Things are gettin better in Morocco at the expense
                      of men ..

                      www.moroccanstar.co.uk

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                      • #12

                        Islamically a woman can ask for the 'right to divorce' PRIOR to marriage. It can put in the marriage contract. So if everyone knows their Islamic rights, it shouldn't be an issue.

                        "One day the Earth will be Changed to a different Earth. And so will be the Heavens, And (man kind) will be marshalled Forth, before Allah, the One, The Irresistible."

                        The Glorious Quran: Surah Ibrahim, Ayah 48

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                        • #13

                          Yeh right it should not be an issue when both men
                          and women know their rights and duties..

                          www.moroccanstar.co.uk

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                          • #14
                            i didnt know that about putting the "get out" clause in the marriage contract,

                            but who wants to say " I love you now, but just in case i hate you're guts in a few months time, i can drop you like yesterdays rubbish"

                            gotta be done tho, just to safe guard yourself. Still a Tricky thing to approach tho

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                            • #15
                              BISMILLAH IR-RAHMAAN IR-RAHEEM
                              Allahumma Salli ala nabi Muhammed
                              Aoodthu billahi min ash shaytaan ir-rajeem

                              [al-Ahzaab 33:21]
                              “Indeed in the Messenger of Allaah (Muhammad) you have a good example to follow for him who hopes for (the Meeting with) Allaah and the Last Day, and remembers Allaah much”

                              Volume 3, Book 43, Number 648:
                              Narrated 'Abdullah bin 'Abbas:
                              I had been eager to ask 'Umar about the two ladies from among the wives of the Prophet regarding whom Allah said (in the Qur'an saying): If you two (wives of the Prophet namely Aisha and Hafsa) turn in repentance to Allah your hearts are indeed so inclined (to oppose what the Prophet likes) (66.4), till performed the Hajj along with 'Umar (and on our way back from Hajj) he went aside (to answer the call of nature) and I also went aside along with him carrying a tumbler of water. When he had answered the call of nature and returned. I poured water on his hands from the tumbler and he performed ablution. I said, "O Chief of the believers! ' Who were the two ladies from among the wives of the Prophet to whom Allah said:
                              'If you two return in repentance (66.4)? He said, "I am astonished at your question, O Ibn 'Abbas. They were Aisha and Hafsa."
                              Then 'Umar went on relating the narration and said. "I and an Ansari neighbor of mine from Bani Umaiya bin Zaid who used to live in 'Awali Al-Medina, used to visit the Prophet in turns. He used to go one day, and I another day. When I went I would bring him the news of what had happened that day regarding the instructions and orders and when he went, he used to do the same for me. We, the people of Quraish, used to have authority over women, but when we came to live with the Ansar, we noticed that the Ansari women had the upper hand over their men, so our women started acquiring the habits of the Ansari women. Once I shouted at my wife and she paid me back in my coin and I disliked that she should answer me back. She said, 'Why do you take it ill that I retort upon you? By Allah, the wives of the Prophet retort upon him, and some of them may not speak with him for the whole day till night.' What she said scared me and I said to her, 'Whoever amongst them does so, will be a great loser.' Then I dressed myself and went to Hafsa and asked her, 'DOES ANY OF YOU KEEP ALLAH’S APOSTLE ANGRY ALL DAY LONG TILL NIGHT?' SHE REPLIED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE. I said, 'She is a ruined losing person (and will never have success)! Doesn't she fear that Allah may get angry for the anger of Allah's Apostle and thus she will be ruined? Don't ask Allah's Apostle too many things, and don't retort upon him in any case, and don't desert him. Demand from me whatever you like, and don't be tempted to imitate your neighbor (i.e. 'Aisha) in her behavior towards the Prophet), for she (i.e. Aisha) is more beautiful than you, and more beloved to Allah's Apostle.
                              In those days it was rumored that Ghassan, (a tribe living in Sham) was getting prepared their horses to invade us. My companion went (to the Prophet on the day of his turn, went and returned to us at night and knocked at my door violently, asking whether I was sleeping. I was scared (by the hard knocking) and came out to him. He said that a great thing had happened. I asked him: What is it? Have Ghassan come? He replied that it was worse and more serious than that, and added that Allah's Apostle had divorced all his wives. I said, Hafsa is a ruined loser! I expected that would happen some day.' So I dressed myself and offered the Fajr prayer with the Prophet. Then the Prophet entered an upper room and stayed there alone. I went to Hafsa and found her weeping. I asked her, 'Why are you weeping? Didn't I warn you? Have Allah's Apostle divorced you all?' She replied, 'I don't know. He is there in the upper room.' I then went out and came to the pulpit and found a group of people around it and some of them were weeping. Then I sat with them for some time, but could not endure the situation. So I went to the upper room where the Prophet was and requested to a black slave of his: "Will you get the permission of (Allah's Apostle) for Umar (to enter)? The slave went in, talked to the Prophet about it and came out saying, 'I mentioned you to him but he did not reply.' So, I went and sat with the people who were sitting by the pulpit, but I could not bear the situation, so I went to the slave again and said: "Will you get he permission for Umar? He went in and brought the same reply as before. When I was leaving, behold, the slave called me saying, "Allah's Apostle has granted you permission." So, I entered upon the Prophet and saw him lying on a mat without wedding on it, and the mat had left its mark on the body of the Prophet, and he was leaning on a leather pillow stuffed with palm fires. I greeted him and while still standing, I said: "Have you divorced your wives?' He raised his eyes to me and replied in the negative. And then while still standing, I said chatting: "Will you heed what I say, 'O Allah's Apostle! We, the people of Quraish used to have the upper hand over our women (wives), and when we came to the people whose women had the upper hand over them..."
                              'Umar told the whole story (about his wife). "On that the Prophet smiled." 'Umar further said, "I then said, 'I went to Hafsa and said to her: Do not be tempted to imitate your companion ('Aisha) for she is more beautiful than you and more beloved to the Prophet.' The Prophet smiled again. When I saw him smiling, I sat down and cast a glance at the room, and by Allah, I couldn't see anything of importance but three hides. I said (to Allah's Apostle) "Invoke Allah to make your followers prosperous for the Persians and the Byzantines have been made prosperous and given worldly luxuries, though they do not worship Allah?' The Prophet was leaning then (and on hearing my speech he sat straight) and said, 'O Ibn Al-Khatttab! Do you have any doubt (that the Hereafter is better than this world)? These people have been given rewards of their good deeds in this world only.' I asked the Prophet . 'Please ask Allah's forgiveness for me. THE PROPHET DID NOT GO TO HIS WIVES BECAUSE OF THE SECRECT WHICH HAFSA had disclosed to 'Aisha, and HE SAID HE WOULD NOT GO TO HIS WIVES FOR ONE MONTH as he was angry with them when Allah admonished him (for his oath that he would not approach Maria). When twenty-nine days had passed, the Prophet went to Aisha first of all. She said to him, 'You took an oath that you would not come to us for one month, and today only twenty-nine days have passed, as I have been counting them day by day.' The Prophet said, 'The month is also of twenty-nine days.' That month consisted of twenty-nine days. 'Aisha said, 'When the Divine revelation of Choice was revealed, the Prophet started with me, saying to me, 'I am telling you something, but you needn't hurry to give the reply till you can consult your parents." 'Aisha knew that her parents would not advise her to part with the Prophet . The Prophet said that Allah had said:--
                              'O Prophet! Say To your wives; If you desire The life of this world And its glitter, ... then come! I WILL MAKE PROVISION FOR YOU AND SET YOU FREE In a handsome manner. BUT IF YOU SEEK(OBEY, DO NOT RETORT )[interpretation of the meaning Allah, soubhanna wa taa’la, knows best] ALLAH AND HIS APOSTLE and The Home of the Hereafter, then Verily, Allah has prepared For the GOOD-DOERS amongst you A great reward.' (33.28) 'Aisha said, 'Am I to consult my parents about this? I indeed prefer Allah, His Apostle, and the Home of the Hereafter.' After that the Prophet gave the choice to his other wives and they also gave the same reply as 'Aisha did."
                              As-salaamu laykum wa-rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu;
                              I know that the preceding hadith is long but I did not want to shorten it thereby causing a misunderstanding of the meaning within. I will leave the point for those to ponder without stating it at the moment.
                              Freemocy:
                              I do not know what you mean by equal footing. It is most important that men and women are treating each other fairly. I do not believe men and women will ever be equal. Even two oranges from the same tree branch are not exactly the same. The issue is whether or not women in Morocco are protesting due to injustices. Are theses outcrys and protests actual signs and indications of an injustice to Moroccan women in general. During my stay in Morocco, I did not notice anything obviously unfair to women there. Women were working every where in the souks, banks, government offices, as police officers and on and on. There were women on the streets everywhere. Women were in all kinds of dress from tight fitting clothes to hijab-jalabi. No police were arresting women for speaking to men, improper dressing, dancing, drinking alcohol nor smoking. So honestly I can not say that I am a witness to any injustices to women in Morocco.
                              As for the Moudwanna, from what I understand it does not really change much from what I can remember of the modifications. All of the modifications generally are interlinking and not much different. Briefly, the only “new” thing I see is the giving of a greater chance for a woman to gain custody of the children after divorce thereby gaining the house but necessarily the possessions inside the house. All the others concessions are simply sunnah in which the King simply reaffirms the sunnah. Many peoples are looking at the “new” laws on polygamy and obedience. Polygamy under special circumstances is sunnah. Disobeying the husband at times is a way of the Prophet Muhammad’s wives. Disobeying your husband gives the husband reason to leave and divorce the wife. The phrase in the “new” moudwanna that women do not have to obey their husbands ties into the new addition that women are jointly responsible for the family thereby “freeing” their way to seek menas outside of the home. If there is no husband maintaing you then there is no one to obey. Obedience is due to maintenance. Men have a degree above women in aquiring their means.
                              Personally I dislike women seeking their means outside of the home because from what I observe her in the United States. Women supporting men. Women working outside of the home all the time causes peversions and inferiority complexes in the women leading them into prostitution. Women begin feeling inferior and begin to want to be men by trying to look like men, work like men, or having surgeries to modify their bodies to be more sexually appealing to men so as to be easier to sell their bodies. The Prophet Muhammed (salli allahu alayhi wa salaam) curses this
                              “The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) cursed women who imitate men. It also takes modesty away from the woman, because it opens the door to wearing the clothes of the people of Hell, as the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “There are two types of the people of Hell whom I have not seen…” and he described one of them as being, “women who are clothed yet naked, walking with an enticing gait, with something on their heads that looks like the humps of camels, leaning to one side. They will never enter Paradise or even smell its fragrance, although its fragrance can be detected from such and such a distance.”
                              End quote from Majmoo’ Fataawa al-Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen

                              And Allah (soubhanna wa taa’la) knows best..

                              Soubhannaka Allah wa bihamdihi;
                              Sheikh Ieesau ibn Mhamed

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