I have heard it called many things but â€œTemporary Marriageâ€ was not one of them!
TEHRAN, Iran â€“ Iranâ€™s hard-line interior minister is encouraging temporary marriages as a way to avoid extramarital sex, a stance many in this conservative country fear would instead encourage prostitution.
A temporary marriage, or â€œsigheh,â€ refers to a Shiite Muslim tradition under which a man and a woman sign a contract that allows them to be â€œmarriedâ€ for any length of time, even a few hours. An exchange of money, as a sort of dowry, is often involved.
Although the practice exists, itâ€™s not very common in Iran, a Shiite majority nation where many consider it a license for prostitution. Others, however, have advocated institutionalizing the tradition, saying it would help fight â€œillicitâ€ sex in a country where sexual relations outside marriage are banned under Islamic law.
â€œTemporary marriage is Godâ€™s rule. We must aggressively encourage that,â€ state-run television quoted Interior Minister Mostafa Pourmohammadi as saying.
The GOD of the bible says thou shalt not commit adultery or commit fornication. This is NOT Godâ€™s rule.
The minister, who made his comments Thursday, was the first Iranian official to support the disputed practice in more than a decade. Former Iranian President Hashemi Rafsanjani raised the issue in the early 1990s but was opposed by the countryâ€™s hard-line clerics.
â€œWe have to find a solution to meet the sexual desire of the youth who have no possibility of marriage,â€ Pourmohammadi was quoted as saying by local newspapers. Half of Iranâ€™s population of 70 million is under 30. Taxi driver Reza Sarabi, 23, expressed the frustration of many young Iranian men who canâ€™t afford to buy a house and get married. â€œI have no money to set up a matrimonial life. I donâ€™t want prostitutes. What should I do with my sexual needs?â€ he said.
You can dress it up anyway you like, sign as many contracts as you likeâ€¦ This is STILL prostitution. The Iranian government however does not share this Iranian minsters opinion.
TEHRAN – The Iranian government distanced itself on Friday from comments made by its interior minister championing the custom of temporary marriage as a means of reducing illicit extramarital sex. The government spokesman said that Interior Minister Mostafa Pour Mohammadi made his remarks about temporary marriage, a practice unique to Shiite Islam, in his personal capacity as a cleric. [â€¦]
Pour Mohammadi was quoted as saying last week that the practice of temporary marriage, known as sigheh in Farsi, was a correct way to respond to young peopleâ€™s sexual needs within the framework of an Islamic society.
â€œIslam has solutions for all human problems and temporary marriage is a solution to this kind of problem,â€ he said in a speech in Iranâ€™s clerical capital of Qom.