Top Palestinian sharia judge: No Ramadan divorces while everyone’s hungry

The head of the Palestinian Islamic sharia court system bans divorces during the month of fasting known as Ramadan, which began Friday.

The chief judge, Mahmoud al-Habache, says individuals who deprive themselves of food and cigarettes during the daylight hours may make hasty decisions, based on “the experience of previous years.

“Some, because they have not eaten and not smoked, create problems” in their relationship and then take “quick and ill-considered decisions,” he explains.

To avoid such cases, judges will only consider and rule on divorce applications after the month of fasting is over.

As in Israel and Lebanon, marriage and divorce in the Palestinian Authority are under the exclusive purview of religious courts.


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