It was April Fools ’ Day yesterday, but it was no joke for two ladies in Terengganu – where a man divorced his two wives within three minutes in the Lower Syariah Islamic Court at Kuala Terengganu.
Businessman Roslan Ngah, aged 44 years, divorced two of his wives by pronouncing talak (intention to divorce) to each of them.
He pronounced ‘talak’ to his second wife Mastura Ahmad, 35, first, and then, as few minutes later to Norhayati Ismail, 46, before judge Wan Abdul Malik Wan Sidek, who was reported to have said this was the first time in the court’s history that two wives had been divorced at the same time.
Norhayati, who is a housewife, has four children (aged between nine and 22 years) with Roslan, they married in 1986.
Mastura, who is a hospital nurse, has two, aged six and 10, following her marriage to Roslan in 1995.
Both women were reported to be composed during the proceedings. The divorces were made under Section 44 of the Terengganu Syariah Enactment.
Outside the court, Roslan said he felt sad to be separated from his wives whom he claimed had asked him for the divorce.
“I admit that my relationship with them had been strained over the past few months but I never expected our marriages to end in this manner,” he said in a calm voice.
Roslan admitted that he married to another woman in 2001 and they were blessed with a baby girl however they had separated in 2004.
When asked whether he would remarry, Roslan replied: “If my fate says so, I have no qualms and this time I hope that my marriage will last forever.”
What an outstanding example of a Malaysian gentleman that guy Roslan is!
This incident brings to light the idiosyncrasies faced by society today.
Having more than one wife is one thing, but to cast then off like rain drops is another!!
Marriage just seems to be a transient thing, which is entered into lightly and subsequently rejected on a whim.
Definition of Talak for more information look HERE
Talak is an Arabic word meaning "to release" or "to divorce". Under the Muslim law, talak means "to untie the matrimonial knot by articulating a word denoting divorce."
If a husband utters the word on his wife, the two of them would automatically be divorced and the wife would be in a state of iddah. If, during iddah, the parties wish to reconcile, the divorce may be revoked without their having to go through the process of nikah.
"Take them back on equitable terms or part with them on equitable terms."
Multi famam, conscientiam pauci verentur
- Many fear their reputation, few their conscience.