Defining Mut’a According to Shahla Haeri (1989), mut’a is a temporary marriage, “a contract between a man and an unmarried woman, be she a virgin, divorced, or widowed, in which both the period of the marriage shall last and the amount of money to be exchanged must be specified.” Witnesses are not required for such a union, nor is it usually registered.
A Shi’i man may contract as many temporary marriages as he wishes.
The UN Security Council will hold consultations on Thursday about alleged violations by both Hezbollah and Israel of its resolution that ended the Second Lebanon War, the IDF’s Spokesperson’s Unit said.
Last month the IDF accused the Shi’ite terrorist organization of violating Resolution 1701, which set the terms to end the 34-day war fought between Israel and Hezbollah in the summer of 2006.
Hezbollah has been establishing observation posts under the guise of a NGO “Green Without Borders” near the Blue Line border between Lebanon and Israel since April, presumably to gather intelligence, the IDF said.
This is not an indication of a security issue such as a virus or attack.
But safety eludes them: hundreds of thousands of refugees who’ve fled to Lebanon now face abject poverty, living in precarious and often unsafe accommodation, and scraping by with the barest of means.
A new report from the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations at Coventry University, supported by the Freedom Fund, has also found that more and more refugees in Lebanon are falling prey to slavery and exploitation. We estimate that 60-70% of Syrian refugee children (those under 18) in Lebanon are working.
Soon after I began my study of the religious life of the Lebanese Shi’a residing in the eastern section of Dearborn, Michigan, I occasionally heard rumors that mut’a (temporary or pleasure marriage) was being encouraged by the religious leaders (shaikhs) in the community.
To be more specific, young men in public places were discussing the matter in terms that suggested that the shaikhs (the imams of the mosques) were saying that the young men could have affairs with American girls as long as they formed a contract with the girl making her a mut’ee.