Newly-elected Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi’s government on Saturday approved an amendment to the Punjab Muslim Family Rules under the Muslim Family Law Ordinance, 1961, making declaration of one’s belief in the finality of Prophethood (PBUH) mandatory for Muslim couples intending to get married.
A handout said the Form-II of nikahnama has been appended to the rules, containing there the amendment regarding incorporation of oath of Khatame Nabuwat (finality of Prophethood (PBUH)) with the direction to ensure that only the updated document should be used to solemnise the nikah.
It says the nikah registrars have been directed also to use the updated Form-II to solemnise the nikah, failing which strict disciplinary action shall be taken against the UC secretary concerned.
If a nikah registrar is found not using the updated Form-II, he shall be proceeded against under sub-rule (4) of Rule 7 of Punjab Muslim Family Rules under Muslim Family Laws Ordinance 1961, it warns.
Both the bride and the groom will be required to sign the oath of Khatam-e-Nabuwat at the time of solemnising nikah, it says.
The law states, “If any person to whom a license has been granted under this rule contravenes any of the conditions of such license, he shall be punishable with simple imprisonment for a term which may extend to one month, or with a fine which may extend to two hundred rupees or with both”.
The move to incorporate the oath was initiated by CM Elahi as speaker of the Punjab Assembly and the amendment was made through legislation.