Kabool Hai – Short movie on contractual marriage in Islam

Kabool Hai

Set in 21st century, Kabool Hai is the story of a young girl belonging to the Muslim community, who agrees to marry a man only to later realise that the marriage was a contractual marriage. It is based on the concept of Mutah-Al-Nikah, where in the duration is specified and agreed upon in advance. The story further revolves around the girl’s emotional journey who later comes to terms with the harsh realities of life – pain, betrayal, acceptance & apathy.

Nikah Al-Mutah aka Contractual marriage

As per wikipedia, Nikāḥ al-mutʿah, is a type of marriage permitted in Twelver Shia Islam, where the duration of the marriage and the dowry must be specified and agreed upon in advance. It is a private contract made in a verbal or written format. A declaration of the intent to marry and an acceptance of the terms are required (as they are in Nikah). Nikah mut’ah was also practiced by the pre-Islamic Arabs.

According to Twelver Shia jurisprudence, preconditions for Nikah mut’ah are: The bride must not be married, she must be Muslim or belong to Ahl al-Kitab (People of the Book), she should be chaste, not addicted to fornication and she should not be a young virgin (especially if her father is absent and cannot give consent).At the end of the contract, the marriage ends and the wife must undergo iddah, a period of abstinence from marriage (and thus, sexual intercourse). The iddah is intended to give certain paternity to a child should the wife become pregnant during the contract. Unfortunately this contract marriage is still in practice and people are using it for human trafficking and prostitution.

Film Details:

Film Name: Kabool Hai
Genre: Life
Star cast: Noor, Sumeet Jaiswal
Directed by: Sugat Bhattacharya
Story / Screenplay: Sugat Bhattacharya
Language: Hindi
Subtitles: Yes
Duration: 8 minutes
Release Date: 9 June 2016

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