Moroccan ulemas denounce fatwa authorising underage marriage
Moroccan Islamic scholars strongly rejected Sunday (September 21st) the fatwa authorising marriage for 9-year-old girls, MAP reported. In a statement, Morocco's High Council of Ulemas "denounce[d] the utilisation of religion to legitimise the marriage of nine-year-old girls". Sheikh Mohamed Ben Abderrahman Al-Maghraoui issued an internet fatwa earlier this month stating that Islam allowed the marriage of nine-year-old girls. The Council reiterated that the legal age of marriage is 18 years.
Also Sunday, the prosecutor at the Court of First Instance in Rabat ordered a thorough investigation into Al-Maghraoui and the circumstances surrounding his fatwa, MAP reported.
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