ARRANGED marriages are built to last unlike love matches, according to a leading Islamic scholar.
Mufti Shams-Ul-Huda Khan Misbahi, the highest-ranking Muslim cleric in Kirklees, believes that arranged marriages build solid families and strong communities.
The mufti, the Islamic equivalent of a bishop, runs a free surgery offering advice based on Islamic law on a whole range of problems from family and social matters to business and property disputes.
But the biggest single issue being raised with him from Muslim families in Kirklees surrounds marriage.
Speaking exclusively to the Examiner from his office at the Kanzul-Iman Jamia Mosque in Heckmondwike, the mufti said the latest generation of British-born Muslims were increasingly shunning arranged marriages in favour of ill-fated ‘love matches.’
That provoked conflict within families who then turned to the mosque – and the mufti – for help.
The mufti said marriage issues were his biggest workload and it was clear arranged marriages worked best, as long as there was no coercion or force.