The Right Question to Ask About the Council of Islamic Ideology



A lot of people, including some religious Muslims, are offended by the latest revelations and recommendations of the  Council of Islamic Ideology.

The body created to ensure the Shariah compliance of Pakistani law and constitution just recommended that wives need not be asked for their permission if their husbands wanted to marry another woman.

Personally, I don’t think polygamy and polyandry are issues the government should be concerned about. But they further recommended that the prohibition of underage marriage by law is unIslamic and against the Shariah.

A lot of people are debating whether these provisions are true as per the Shariah or not. Others are outraging if the recommendation curbs women’s rights. But I wonder if there is any use to it. How can people possibly claim to know more about Shariah than the Council, I would never figure out.

But rightly so, a lot of people are worried that the CII will “push us back to caves“, and perhaps back to the 7th century.

Now that fear makes more sense to me. Because here is the right question that we need to ask about the Council of Islamic Ideology.

Should the Council of Islamic Ideology be abolished? And if not, why not.

But of course anything that has Islamic attached to its name is sacred. So, surely there will always be hue and cry about it. But we need to have that conversation more and more, and I appreciate if anyone already is asking that question.

Because English language publications are filled with articles condemning the CII. It is time to take the conversation to the next level.

There is no harm in addressing this issue without getting killed and it is possible. It is not blasphemy, but it must be done before it is turned into one. Pretty much everybody knows that Shariah is not only outdated but also regressive and dangerous in any form.

Despite its apparent and undeniable necessity, abolishing the Council of Islamic Ideology will be a small step toward cleansing the Law and the Constitution of all the Islamic provisions.

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