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Volume :19 Issue : 72 1994      Add To Cart                                                                    Download


Auther : By: Dr. Amina Al-Jaber


The phenomenon of divorce in Qatari society represents now-a-days a serious danger to this society. The ratio of divorce to marriage in the last ten years, averages between 25% and 30%, which is a high percentage in an economically stable and socially linked society.

This study tries to find directly the reasons for this phenomenon and to propose what I think is the way to put a limit to it and keep it within the necessity at which Islamic law allowed divorce.

First Part concerns the structure of the Qatari family, the elements relevant to its constitution, and to what extent the family relations succeeded in keeping the family equilibrium between reciprocal rights and obligations, thus realising the society target of having strong families established on religion and morals, keeping its family existence and protecting childhood and consequently protecting society from all moral deterioration and spiritual corruption,….etc.

Second part deals with reasons for divorce as extracted from factual examples of divorce. It could be found in three main elements:

    1. Inherited habits of not seeing each other before marriage; tyranny of mother’s personality; difference of age; over-connection of wife to her family; husband superiority feelings to his wife regardless of her human feelings.
    2. Ignorance and misunderstanding of Islamic law views on family structure (reciprocal rights and obligations, procedure of conciliation in case of rebellious wife or avoidance of husband and limiting divorce to the minimum and necessary case.
    3. Moral corruption, sensual searching, spending on the unlawful purposes, bad education and luxury amusement leading to husband’s destitution.

Third part concerns the impact of divorce on husband, wife, children and society thus reflecting miserable results on everybody; the woman loses trust in the man, escapes life, prefers loneliness and get sick physically and psychologically. Man feels worried, bored, lost, avoids getting married again; escapes woman and hates living with her. As for children, they are the first victim, facing psychological problems impeding them from normal and natural life especially if joining one of the parents. The divorce impact accompanies them all their lives.

Fourth part deals with remedies such as:

    1. Respecting Islamic directives concerning marriage: correct choice, approval, knowledge, seeing etc….
    2. Propagation of real Islamic commandments concerning family, through media, educators and religious specialists.

The conclusion contains some recommendations such as:

    1. Propagation of religious commandments concerning the family through media, educators and religious specialists.
    2. Establishment of offices in residential districts offering problem-solving and conciliation services before referring to the Court.
    3. Introducing some theoretical and scientific programmes in schools, universities and scientific centers’ curriculum.
    4. Taking a decision securing for wives to continue living in their homes especially if they contribute to its building etc….

I hope this paper is a positive contribution towards protecting the Qatar family from falling apart and making marriage a strong link between woman and man within a family governed by sympathetic and understanding feelings.

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