Rising divorce rate among young couples in Abuja is alarming – Magistrate

The Judge of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Magistrate Court, Ayuba Abubakar, has expressed worry over the high rate of divorce among young couples living in the nation’s capital.

He urged parents to ensure that Islamic regulations are followed to the letter before giving their children out in marriage.

Abubakar was speaking at the Annual Ramadan Lecture themed ‘The Role of Parent in Raising God-fearing Children’ and organised by the Afemai Islamic Movement in Abuja on Sunday.

The scholar claimed that most parents don’t follow the instructions of the Holy Quran but only follow their children’s bidding when the issue of marriage arises.

He said; ”As a judge, we are having a high rate of divorce, especially the rate in the FCT is so alarming, young couples in two years, three years marriage, dragged themselves to courts. And we discovered that in so many of it there is no other way than to just separate them to live in peace.

“The implication is that if we don’t follow the Islamic regulation by making prayers to Allah for guidance and follow the Islamic teaching, their will be domestic problems. This teaching is for the husband to know his duty and his rights and for the wife to lower her duty and rights and by the time you think of those rules, it is to bring harmony in our homes.”

He explained that though Islamically, divorce was acceptable, but stressed it was also detestable.

The magistrate also charged parents to take a lead role in their children’s decision in choosing a marriage mate.

“As a Muslim, you must ensure that your home is an Islamic home, a home where you recite the Quran, a home where you take turn to gather the children and teach them the word of Allah. You teach them the words of the prophets and not just allow them to fully have western education but add Islamic education to it as this will guarantee your children will be pious Muslims,” he added.