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#1 [Permalink] Posted on 7th November 2020 17:27
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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates announced on Saturday a major overhaul of the country’s Islamic personal laws, allowing unmarried couples to cohabitate, loosening alcohol restrictions and criminalizing so-called “honor killings.”

The broadening of personal freedoms reflects the changing profile of a country that has sought to bill itself as a Westernized destination for tourists, fortune-seekers and businesses despite its Islamic legal code that has previously triggered court cases against foreigners and outrage in their home countries.

The reforms aim to boost the country’s economic and social standing and “consolidate the UAE’s principles of tolerance,” said state-run WAM news agency, which offered only minimal details in the surprise weekend announcement. The government decrees behind the changes were outlined extensively in state-linked newspaper The National, which did not cite its source.

The move follows a historic U.S.-brokered deal to normalize relations between the UAE and Israel, which is expected to bring an influx of Israeli tourists and investment. It also comes as skyscraper-studded Dubai gets ready to host the World Expo. The high-stakes event, expected to bring a flurry of commercial activity and some 25 million visitors to the country, was set for October but pushed back a year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The changes, which The National said would take immediate effect, also reflect the efforts of the Emirates’ rulers to keep pace with a rapidly changing society at home.

“I could not be happier for these new laws that are progressive and proactive,” said Emirati filmmaker Abdallah Al Kaabi, whose art has tackled taboo topics like homosexual love and gender identity.

“2020 has been a tough and transformative year for the UAE,” he added.

Changes include scrapping penalties for alcohol consumption, sales and possession for those 21 and over. Although liquor and beer is widely available in bars and clubs in the UAE’s luxuriant coastal cities, individuals needed a government-issued license to purchase, transport or have alcohol in their homes. The new rule would allow Muslims who have been barred from obtaining licenses to drink alcoholic beverages freely.

Another amendment allows for “cohabitation of unmarried couples,” which has long been a crime in the UAE. Authorities, especially in the more freewheeling financial hub of Dubai, often looked the other way when it came to foreigners, but the threat of punishment still lingered. Attempted suicide, forbidden in Islamic law, would also be decriminalized, The National reported.

In a move to better “protect women’s rights,” the government said it would get rid of laws defending “honor crimes,” a widely criticized tribal custom in which a male relative may evade prosecution for assaulting a woman seen as dishonoring a family. The punishment for a crime committed to eradicate a woman’s “shame,” for promiscuity or disobeying religious and cultural strictures, will now be the same for any other kind of assault.
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#2 [Permalink] Posted on 8th November 2020 04:35
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As salaam alaykum,

This is what happens when a Muslim country legitimizes the genocide of the Palestinians. It's all going to go rapidly downhill from here on. This is what Dr Israr Ahmad RA predicted over four decades ago.
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#3 [Permalink] Posted on 8th November 2020 05:21
Finally! The Muslims can also belong to the developed world now. Maybe now Muslim scientists can win Nobel prizes too.
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#4 [Permalink] Posted on 9th November 2020 21:42
Good. It was all facade anyway.
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#5 [Permalink] Posted on 10th November 2020 12:32
Dubai is a prostitution hub. How will this be any different to what's already been allowed and welcomed? That they're open about it? It'll be interesting especially since they've now opened the doors for their long-lost Zionist brothers. Talk about a recipe inviting the wrath of Allah. I hope I live to see the day of their destruction from within. Anyone who has invested there should seriously pull out while they have the chance.
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#6 [Permalink] Posted on 10th November 2020 18:19
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