Malappuram: The marriage registration of advocate C Shukkur and his wife Dr Sheena Shukkur under the Special Marriage Act is a drama aimed at mocking religious personal laws, said the Council for Fatwa and Research, Darul Huda Islamic University. The university is controlled by the EK faction of Samastha Kerala Jem-iyyathul Ulama, the organisation of Sunni Islamic scholars.
Adv Shukkur and his wife Sheena registered their marriage on Wednesday under the Special Marriage Act to bypass the Muslim Personal Law on inheritance. Shukkur said this was the only way to ensure that the wealth of the family goes to their three daughters. Under Muslim Personal Law, he will have to give a share of the wealth to his brothers.
Reacting to this, the council, in a statement, said, “There is no law against handing over all their wealth to children when they are alive. The personal law matters only for inheritance. Those who believe in God and accept his wholeness will have no qualms about it. They will not have the obstinate greed that their wealth must go to their children.”
“As per the Muslim Personal Law, if the deceased father has only girl children, they will get only two-thirds of his wealth. The rest will go to the siblings of the father… The inheritance law in Islam ensures fair redistribution of wealth upon the death of a person. Relationships, requirements of the dependents, and the responsibilities are considered for the purposes. The real believers will not be wooed by these greedy actions (the marriage of Shukkurs),” it read.
Meanwhile, the couple registered their marriage at 10.15 am on Wednesday at the sub-registrar office in Hosdurg, in the presence of their daughters - Khadeeja Jasmine, Fathima Jebin and Fathima Jesa - for whose sake they decided to solemnise their union again.
Shukkur, an eminent lawyer from Kasaragod, married Dr Sheena in October 1994. Their wedding was conducted by Indian Union Muslim League's supreme leader Panakkad Syed Hyder Ali Shihab Thangal.
The couple can now ensure succession to the property under the Indian Succession Act of 1925.