KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia’s Islamic authorities have been mulling imposing new post-marriage courses for Muslim couples in addition to the current pre-marriage courses to cut increasing divorce rates.
"The proposal seeks among others, to compel Muslim married couples to attend the three-day, two-night course which focuses on domestic issues, marital relationship and children upbringing," Zakuan Sawai, Family, Social and Community Development director of the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim), was quoted as saying by Bernama on Wednesday, June 25.
The new course, according to Zakuan, will be divided into four phases and target couples who had been married for one to five years, six to 10 years, and 11 to 20 years and above.
Jakim’s proposed courses were suggested at the first place for couples married for only one to five years following a study that this group experience most instances of marital discord.
“This is because they are still in the process of familiarizing themselves with one another,” he noted.
Zakuan added that efforts to develop the course dates back to 2012. Currently, a pilot project is being held in Malaysia to obtain public feedback on the present module.
The new course will be different from the pre-marriage course, dwelling more liberally on marital issues including husband-wife health and relationship.
“The course is introduced to civil servants before being expanded to the public,” he said.
Malaysia has a population of nearly 26 millions, with Malays, mostly Muslims, making up nearly 60 percent.
Marriage in Islam is a sacred bond that brings together a man and a woman by virtue of the teachings of the Qur'an and the Sunnah.
Each partner in this sacred relationship must treat the other properly and with respect.
Divorce is not at all viewed favorably in Islam and is discouraged unless warranted by valid reasons.
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