Time and time again we’ve heard the issues faced by women when it comes to their rights, however very few know that the nikkah nama is there to give them just that. Pakistani drama ‘Kuch Ankahi’ has highlighted just that.
In it’s most recent episode, the drama has created buzz showing that no matter what, clauses that give a woman her rights should not be cut out, no matter who the groom is or how moderate the family may be.
The scene in particular shows Samiya (played by Mira Sethi) and Saif (played by Ali Safina) about to tie the knot. Samiya’s aunt, played by Vaneeza Ahmed, interrupts the maulvi sahab, asking him to not cut out any clauses.
On the other hand, the maulvi replied that the clauses in the marriage agreement hold little importance and the groom’s side usually cuts them out. The groom’s mother backs the cleric stating that they are respectable people and they would never take advantage of the bride even if the clauses are not there.
However, the phuppo shuts everyone down by staying adamant building up to the fact that alimony, child custody and divorce clauses are for the protection of women and no one has the right to remove them, no one at all.
Twitter Applauds Kuch Ankahi for Nikkah Nama Scene
Here’s how twitteratis reacted:
‘Most powerful thing to watch today, the molvi was asked not to cut the right to divorce & child custody clauses in Nikkah nama in the episode. Kudos to @sethimirajee & the entire team’ tweeted Noreena Shams.
— Noorena Shams (@noorenashams) March 20, 2023
‘Kudos to team Kuch Ankahi for such an excellent drama & raising awareness for this issue in particular. The right to divorce is a clause in Nikah form that everyone including the girl’s family are ignoring. It protects a woman in marriage, especially in our patriarchal culture’ shared user @FShirin
Kudos to team Kuch Ankahi for such an excellent drama & raising awareness for this issue in particular. The right of divorce is a clause in Nikah form that everyone including girl’s family are are upon ignoring. It protects a woman in marriage,specially in our patriarchal culture pic.twitter.com/bi0qRrwhuS
— F Shirin MD (@FShirin) March 19, 2023
‘The recent episode was so beautiful & lil emotional at the same time. Many good messages are in the drama just like the scene when phupho talks about not cutting the clauses from nikkah nama, was such a good scene. + the nikkah setup was so good & close to our society.’ Shares twitterati Fizza.
#kuchankahi The recent episode was so beautiful & lil emotional at the same time.Many good messages are in the drama just like the scene when phupho talks about not cutting the clauses from nikkah nama,was such a good scene. + the nikkah setup was so good & close to our society. pic.twitter.com/DzUYepCeKw
— 𝐹𝑖𝑧𝑧𝑎. (@decalsajal) March 19, 2023
Nikah Clauses for Women’s Rights
Marriage is considered one of the most important and sacred institutions in Islam. It is a contract between two individuals who agree to live together as husband and wife for the rest of their lives. The Nikah contract is a crucial aspect of the Islamic marriage, as it outlines the terms and conditions of the marriage. These clauses hold significant importance, especially for women’s rights, and ensure that their rights are protected within the marriage.
In many societies, marriage is still considered as a union between two families, rather than two individuals. Women, in particular, are often treated as property or commodities that can be traded between families. This mindset often results in the exploitation and oppression of women within the marriage. The Nikah clauses ensure that women are treated with dignity and respect and are not subjected to any form of oppression or abuse within the marriage.
The first and most important clause of the Nikah contract is the Mahr, which is a gift given by the groom to the bride as a token of his love and commitment. The Mahr can be any amount or gift agreed upon by the bride and groom, and it is entirely the bride’s right to keep it. This clause ensures that women are not treated as commodities and that their financial independence is protected. The Mahr serves as a safety net for women in case of divorce, providing them with some financial security.
Another important clause is the Talaq clause, which outlines the procedure for divorce. In Islam, divorce is permitted but considered the last resort. The Talaq clause ensures that women have a say in the divorce process and that it is not a one-sided decision made by the husband. The Nikah contract can specify the number of times a husband can divorce his wife, or even require him to seek permission from a religious authority before initiating the divorce process.
The Nikah contract can also include clauses related to the wife’s maintenance, which ensures that the husband is responsible for providing for his wife’s needs during the marriage. The clauses can specify the type of maintenance the wife is entitled to, such as food, clothing, and shelter. The maintenance clause also ensures that the wife’s financial needs are taken care of if the husband becomes unable to provide for her.
In addition to the clauses mentioned above, the Nikah contract can also include clauses related to the wife’s rights in case of the husband’s death, such as inheritance rights. These clauses ensure that women are not left vulnerable after their husband’s death and are provided with financial security.
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