Rabat, Morocco (TMT)- Abouzaid El Mokrie El Idrissi, a Moroccan parliamentarian belonging to Morocco’s Justice and Development Party (known under its French acronym PJD), has urged the government to reconsider the current Islamic inheritance laws in Morocco, to commensurate them with the practices prevailing in the Moroccan society nowadays.
While speaking in a conference in the Moroccan city of Salé, in front of members of the Justice and Development party, Abouzaid stressed that the current inheritance laws should be homogenized with the goal or purpose (Al-Makasid in Arabic) of the Quranic message on matters of inheritance.
“Guarding, looking after, providing for them, ensuring that their needs are met, and all of what is imposed on men vis-à-vis women in the Islamic tradition, is no more that much relevant in today’s world,” Abouzaid said.
“A lot of women these days share the same expenses and split finances with their husbands, which means that it is unfair that the current laws [in Morocco] remain unchanged,” Abouzaid said in a sad tone.
It is worth reminding that the current inheritance laws of the family code in Morocco states that male relatives receive double the inheritance of women in most cases, according to verses from the holy Quran.
However, in the very holy Quran, the rational (Al-Makasid) behind this disparity in inheritance is explained from the perspective that it is the duty of men to spend money on the family and support women, from their means, as Rashid’s translation of the meaning of Surat Al-Nisae, verse 34 reads, “The men are made responsible for the women, and GOD has endowed them with certain qualities, and made them the bread earners.”
The Moroccan Times.