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Sultan Shahin Raises Triple Talaq Issue at UNHRC, Asks Muslims to Engage In Serious Rethinking Of Islamic Theology and Bring It In Line With the Needs of 21st Century

UN Human Rights Council, Geneva,

Agenda Item 9, General Debate, 26 September, 2016,

On behalf of: Asian-Eurasian Human Rights Forum

Oral Statement by Sultan Shahin, Founding Editor, New Age Islam

Mr. President,

While the world’s attention is focused on violent extremism practised by a section of Muslims, gross violations of human rights are taking place in various Muslim societies in the name of religion.

In a South East Asian country, the Arabic name of God is monopolised by Muslims. Non-Muslims using the traditional term Allah for God are punished.

In a South Asian Muslim country thousands of Hindu and Christian girls, many under the age of 18, are abducted, forcibly converted to Islam, and then “married” to their abductors.

In a Middle Eastern country, courts allow marriages of as small as 9-year-old girls and force them to consummate their “marriage” and live with their husbands.

In my own country, India, Muslim husbands can utter the word talaq, meaning divorce, thrice in a row, and legally throw their wives out of their homes in less than a minute.

While these are gross violations of human rights, they also amount to denigrating the religion of Islam.

Many criminal acts including terrorism are being practised as if they have been ordained by Islamic scriptures. (Photo credit: Reuters)

All these and many other similar social evils and criminal acts including terrorism are practiced as if they have been ordained by Islamic scriptures.

This calls for deep introspection in the Muslim community. We Muslims should not allow our religion to be hijacked in this fashion.

Mr. President, I would like to make a request, through you, to the representatives of Muslim countries in the Council.

Dear Sirs, Madams, Please start a serious dialogue with theologians in your countries and ask them to open the gates of Ijtihad, the creative re-thinking. This was not only permitted, but ordained by God, in Islam’s primary scripture, the holy Quran, as no other Prophet was to come after Mohmmad (saw).

We Muslims must revisit our theology in the light of the needs of the 21st century. We are not living in the 7th century and can neither fight those early battles nor organise our societies in that medieval fashion.


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Note: The above speech in UNHRC has also been published by India Today's online newspaper Daily O and is available on:


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  • Congratulations to Mr Sultan Shahin Sb for raising this issue at the international forum UNHRC, GENEVA. THE Instant triple talaq is a curse for the Muslim women and a sin in the light of Quran inviting punishment from God
    almighty as it is against the spirit of Quran - a deviation from Islamic learning.

    By Raihan Nezami - 9/24/2017 10:51:34 AM

  • Only in Muslim community the dowry death % is low, donot try to raise the rate, like other community.
    By Mohammed Khurshid Aalam - 10/10/2016 12:53:32 PM

  • Sultan Shahin is a (Abusive word deleted.... Editor) or made person who never read holly Quran.no one can find any defect in Quran.this man is not read Islamic way of divorce
    By Shadab Khan - 10/10/2016 12:49:40 PM

  • Why in the world is he telling this to UNHCR......anybody?????
    By Mohammed Haroon - 10/10/2016 12:47:33 PM

  • Triple Talaq should be abolished.
    By Syed Ahson - 10/10/2016 12:46:01 PM

  • The constitution of India allows equal freedom to all. Why our Muslim sisters should be deprived. 22 countries where religion is Islam have struck down Tripple Talaq. Why not in India. Turkey, Pakistan, Malaysia are a few of above 22.
    By Vinod Gupta - 10/10/2016 12:44:28 PM

  • All need to work more on Religious managements how to live to gether - peace - love - respect. whomever no able respect - understand other. More moderates required to address global unrest. I strongly anchor every religion must have religious management do s - don ts
    By Kolipaka Sudeep Kumar - 10/10/2016 12:44:27 PM

  • That is right way to come in mainstream
    By Kishan Rajpurohit - 10/10/2016 12:41:31 PM

  • Someone is sane enough in that world
    By Maneesh Guha - 10/10/2016 12:40:22 PM

  • It is good that the Muslim community is addressing itself because when the same criticism comes from outside, It feels like they are being attacked, which is not true, yet introspection is the best. All religions need it today because we have lost the spiritual core and focus on the politics of religion instead.
    By Archana Bhatia - 10/10/2016 12:37:29 PM

    By Karpur Vs - 10/10/2016 12:35:39 PM

  • Dragging Islam to united nations
    By MK Koul - 10/10/2016 12:31:00 PM

  • Wahhabi log se bachke rehna, I appreciate your daring
    By Manurash Kaushal - 10/10/2016 12:28:23 PM

  • Please read the Talaq process described in the Quran in my article:The Process for Divorce in the Quran

    and also my comment under the same article:

    By Naseer Ahmed - 9/12/2015 3:22:37 AM

    The triple Talaq process is against both the letter and the spirit of the message of the Quran. It is a man-made process and must be struck down. Those who support it do so out of ignorance of the Quran and misled by the Maulvis.

    By Naseer Ahmed - 10/10/2016 9:38:22 AM

  • We have banned it
    It's high time this should come from Saudi 
    Next ladies are growing to throw burqa 
    Gender justice and equality

    By Oshok Dubey - 10/9/2016 4:54:37 AM

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