Iran: Edict authorises online short-term marriages

Tehran, 9 April (AKI) – Iranian men and women may from Wednesday contract short-term marriages online, according to a religious edict (fatwa) signed by Ayatollah Seyyed Mohammad Sadeghi Rouhani.

The edict says that couples must clearly establish how long the marriage will last. They must also guarantee there are no legal impediments to the marriage, and agree on the amount of money the man must pay the woman when it ends.

No comment has so far been issued by religious authorities in the holiest Shia city of Qom.

Shia Islam allows a man and woman to marry for a fixed period of time, ranging from an hour to a century.

A man can also have any number of temporary marriages – or sigheh, as they are known.

Iran first started promoting temporary marriage as an alternative to co-habiting 15 years ago.

Then president, Hashemi Rafsanjani, said it was a way for men and women to satisfy their sexual needs.

However, Iranian society still looks down on temporary marriage as a cover for prostitution and there is still a strong taboo against the practice.

Let us break down the individual features of temporary marriages in Shia Islam:

1. A contract is made for a predetermined period where a man and woman will keep each other company and the price is determined before hand.

2. After the obligations are complete the relationship is dissolved.

3. The money is paid to the woman

4. They seperate until the man one day has these ‘needs’.
Lets examine another industry:

1. A contract is made for a predetermined period where a man and woman will keep each other company and the price is determined before hand.

2. After the obligations are complete the relationship is dissolved.

3. The money is paid to the woman

4. They seperate until the man one day has these ‘needs’.

Now, the second industry (if you are yet to guess) was prostitution.

For a country that exercises capital and corporal punishment for the crime of prostitution they seem to have no problems institutionalising it…and now online.

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One Response

  1. Well said.

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