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High Rate of Divorce in Malaysia

A Social Ill in Malaysia: Causes and Remedies
Thef amily is the keyword of my assignment. The family is considered as the basic unit of any civilization on the earth. In Islam, the family is the foundation of the Islamic society. So, the strength of the Islamic society is gained mainly from the strength of the basic unit of its formation i.e. the family. Oxford dictionary defines the word family asa

group consisting of two parents and their children living together as a unit. Therefore, we can deduce that any defect in the institution of the family leads into breaking down the unit in which will lead to a disaster in the society as a whole.

The worddi vorc e is the second keyword of my assignment. Oxford dictionary defines divorce as the legal dissolution of a marriage. So, divorce is the end of family life. If the institution of the family is attacked by any plague, and the plague was not cured at the shortest time possible, then the family is facing a trouble amongst its members. Divorce occurs when the plague is uncured and it continues to swell. Islam allows divorce in the case of unsolvable problems between the spouses unlike Christianity that prohibits divorce. The divorce as a solution to resolve the family is a mercy to both spouses in order to stop the continuous suffering of the family. Thus, both spouses may have better life with another partner. Moreover, Allah has permitted divorce and it is the most hatred non-prohibited action to Him.

Divorce existed since the inception of human life. And it is found in every society. But the percentage of divorce varies from a society to another due to the way of life in the particular society and other living factors. Malaysia witnesses a gigantic growth in both its economical and social lives. As a result of the growth the trend of life of the Malaysian people has changed. This led to positive and negative consequences.

Malaysia has a very high percentage of divorce. The average of divorce cases based on statistics reaches to 20% per year1. Moreover, the majority of the divorce cases happen to be amongst the Muslims2. This alarms the Muslim scholars as well as the political leaders in the society to find out the causes of the high rate of divorce as well as establishing the

1 Zeenah Kausar, 2005. Social Ills in Malaysia causes and remedies. IIUM
2 Zeenah Kausar, 2005. Social Ills in Malaysia causes and remedies. IIUM

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