posted on Apr, 20 2006 @ 02:54 PM
Myself, what I know of Islam, is from the texts that I can get ahold of and read, especially if they are translated in to english. When you are
looking at the laws that govern the Muslim world, you also need to keep in mind that they essentially follow 2 seperate spiritual laws at the same
time. There is what is printed in the Quoran, and then there is Shiria. I would believe that the man in the original posting who was convicted of
raping his daughters had probably misinterpreted the Shiria, that would explain how he was to take care of his children and what his duties were. The
Quoran is very, very clear on how a man is to proceed in a marriage. Divorce is not something that a good muslim man would do lightly, and there are
certain things he has to do before he can be rid of his wife, and even then he can not simply discard them. Even in todays societies, arranged
marriages and dowerys still exist, and in short if a muslim man were to divorce his wife, he has to declare it 3 times, then proceed to divide up the
assets of the marrige to ensure his ex wife gets her dowery back and a stipend for up keep among other things. It gets real complicated from that
point as well.
Shiria is a series of laws, cannonical, where one of the revered holy men made a judicial decision based off of what is written in the Quoran.