A new Islamic legal tool is allowing Muslim women to use matrimonials as symbols of their commitment to their partner and to Muslim faith, in the first major step towards becoming legally recognized by Muslims as matrimonies.
The new Islamic law allows matrimons to show a religious message on a piece of paper with the words “I do”, “I promise” and “I want” printed in the middle.
It also allows Muslims to display matrimonic symbols such as the hijab on a wedding gown, with the Muslim symbol of the hijab printed in white letters, rather than a red cross.
The change came as part of a package of new Islamic legislation that comes into force on April 30, 2017.
The Islamic Personal Law (IPL) bill, introduced by the parliament’s chief executive, Mohammed al-Fadl, is aimed at ending decades of discrimination against women in the UAE.
The new law comes into effect in the kingdom after a parliamentary committee passed it in December last year.
The law was passed after the royal family’s chief justice, Sheikh Abdullah al-Mubarak, submitted a draft to parliament for consideration.
The draft is the first of its kind in the Middle East.
It seeks to end discrimination against Muslim women, including restrictions on the hijab, which restricts Muslim women from wearing it in public.
In a statement, the government said it has already taken measures to make the law more inclusive and transparent.
It said the new legislation would be implemented immediately, including a law to provide a free registration form to women who want to register their marriage.
“We want to ensure that we are making sure that women are protected, not only for themselves, but also for their families,” said al-Seyad, a lawyer who has been working with a group of women lawyers and lawyers to lobby on behalf of Muslim women in a bid to make it easier for them to register.
The bill is expected to be passed into law by the end of the year.
Al Jazeera’s Islaam Zamani reports from Dubai.