Hello brothers and sisters of Bia2..
I was just wondering what people here think of sighe(temporary marriage), (if you've even heard of it).. Some people who support if believe it's good to be with your partner and live with them before marriage, just in case things don't work out right away, and you can break it off. This is more common in middle eastern countries of course... Other's believe this is a form of prostitution and most men who do this, is just to have sexual relations with the girl... A good friend of mine has just started a sighe with a girl, and believe me, it's not for sexual reasons.. I was just wondering what you guys here think about it...or don't think about it.
I'M NEITHER FOR OR AGAINST IT
Mut'a is practiced in Shi'i Islam today, and is common in the modern Iran. It bears the main characteristics of prostitution, but gives clear rights to the woman, and involves little social degradation.
When a man and a woman enters into temporary marriage, or sighe as it is called in Iran, they make an irrevocable contract stating the period and the recompense to the woman. The period may vary from one day to weeks, months and even years. Still many make contracts lasting for 99 years, i.e. for life.
What size the recompense takes is unknown from our sources. The obligations for the man is limited to fulfilling the recompense. He is not obliged to provide neither home nor food for the woman.
But the contract needs no witnesses, nor any qadi, provided that the involved know the procedures.
Mut'a only allows a man to be the strong party, and non-Muslim men are not allowed mut'a. A Muslim man can however arrange mut'a even with a Jewish or Christian woman. In older times, mut'a could be arranged with a slave girl if the master allowed it. The woman can enter mut'a without the consent of others, but she must be unmarried. Virgins can only enter mut'a with the consent of her father.