UK current account deficit fails to narrow as expected in Q1    EgyptAir operates 189 flights to Sharm El Shekh, Hurghada at Eid al-Fitr    China foreign debt falls as yuan depreciation fears resurface    Beijing slams South China Sea case as court ruling nears    Putin says Russia won't enter arms race with NATO    Giza pyramids decorated to mark June 30 memory    Egypt resolved the problem of nationals stranded in Ataturk Airport, FM    Athletics: Kenya's Cheruiyot books Rio berth, Kipyego falters    Simeone vows to stay on and improve Atletico    Giggs 'set to leave' Manchester United    In coincidence with revolution anniversary, security closes metro station    Egypt in the international media    Military celebrates June 30 by air shows    Investigators download EgyptAir black box data, evidence signals fire on board    Turkish police raid suspected Islamic State cells in Istanbul, Izmir    Italy votes to suspend aviation supplies to Egypt over student death    Saudi Arabia reject rights groups' 'accusations' over Yemen policy    Egypt cabinet extends law allowing army to assist police in securing 'vital facilities'    Egypt bans use of debit cards abroad amid hard currency shortage    Egypt court upholds 6-month sentence for man who appeared on balcony naked    Bomb attack kills two soldiers in southeast Turkey: Sources    The investment predicament    Sameh Shoukry in Ramallah to hands Sisi's message to Mahmoud Abbas    Egypt's launches tender for third floating regasification unit    Sisi to attend Laylat Al-Qadr celebration    I will fight to return to Cairo soon, says renowned Lebanese TV host Liliane Daoud    Elvis Presley guitarist Scotty Moore dies at 84-report    US dollar value registers at EGP 8.88 on Tuesday    Golf: Shane Lowry withdraws from Olympics over Zika concern    Tayar Al Estiqlal to hold conference to celebrate June 30 revolution    Egypt's press syndicate calls for end to 'violations against journalists and media'    Assad's uncle under investigation in France: source    PepsiCo in the US to bring back aspartame in Diet Pepsi    Egypt's Women's Council releases report evaluating women portrayal in Ramadan series    Spaghetti western film star Bud Spencer dies    Egypt to open Rafah border crossing with Gaza for four days    Egypt to implement Japanese education system in a number of schools    Lebanese prominent TV host Liliane Daoud deported to Beirut    Argentina‘s Messi retires from international football    Sudan releases detained Egyptian citizens    Egypt seeks to restore all stolen artifacts from Israel    The military protects the will of Egyptians: Defense Minister    Only in Africa    Four years later    Egypt's javelin thrower Ihab Abdel-Rahman    MUSIC AND DANCE    Egypt in revolution    First major US Quran exhibition at Washington's Smithsonian    







Thank you for reporting!
This image will be automatically disabled when it gets reported by several people.





Zakzouk supports calls to equate women to men in court testimonies
Published in Daily News Egypt on 14 - 03 - 2008

CAIRO: Minister of Religious Endowment Mahmoud Hamdy Zakzouk, announced his full support for a request from Zeinab Radwan, deputy speaker of the People's Assembly (PA) and member of the National Council for Women, to amend court regulations that would allow one woman's testimony to be equivalent to that of a man.
Speaking at a press conference in the Ministry of Religious Endowment, Zakzouk said that there is no "religious prohibition for women to become equal to men in court testimonies and that the court judges should agree to accept one woman's testimony to replace a man's testimony.
He added that the current situation in Egyptian courts, which demand the testimony of two women to match that of one man, should not be applicable to all cases. He said that the Quran makes this stipulation only in relation to testimonies regarding financial matters.
"The Quran stated that the two women's testimonies are needed in the place of one man's testimony in financial matters. But scholars turned this into a general rule in all court cases, Zakzouk said.
Radwan's proposal also included another request to bring the inheritance rights of non-Muslim women married to Muslim men in line with those of Muslim wives. Currently, non-Muslim wives are not entitled the same inheritance rights as Muslim wives. Zakzouk promised to put her proposal to the Islamic Research Center to study.
However, Sheikh Mohmoud Ashour, former deputy for Al Azhar and member of the Islamic Research Center, told Daily News Egypt that the Ministry of Religious Endowments did not refer to Al-Azhar before issuing this statement.
Ashour refused to give his opinion on the proposals themselves when questioned by Daily News Egypt.
Radwan's argument is based on the fact that women during the early ages of Islam were ignorant of society's political and economic matters, while now the situation is different.
However Mahmoud Amer, an MP affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood, objected to Radwan's suggestion when it was debated in the PA on the grounds that "it contradicts the [teachings] of the Holy Quran . these are God's orders, which we must follow and cannot disagree with.
This is not the first time that Zakzouk has offered his opinion on religious matters normally dealt with by Al-Azhar and the Islamic Research Center.
Last year, the minister expelled an employee wearing the niqab from a meeting at the ministry, reflecting his open opposition to the full face veil.


Clic here to read the story from its source.