Your Daily Muslim: Syed Mohammed Zaki Baqri

Your Daily Muslim

While many western nations are busy debating whether or not to legalize same-sex marriage, Muslims can’t stop focusing on the kind of marriage most relevant to their seventh-century lives: child marriage. Islamic scholar/cleric Maulana Syed Mohammed Zaki Baqri, Alim of the Council for Islamic Guidance in Ontario, Canada, really has his priorities straight and would make a great marriage counselor… for those still in middle school. The scholar has stated that “protecting the self [with regard to chastity]… has become more and more difficult,” and that “it is highly recommended to get married at the appropriate age.” What’s the age Baqri thinks is appropriate for marriage? “Adolesence.” Referring to a Muslim male’s teenage years, Baqri even claims that “It is at this critical stage in his life that marriage becomes relevant.”

“It has been narrated that a bachelor’s seventy rakat salat (prayer) is equal to one rakat of a married…

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