About the Author
Sadari Musari, a Barrister-at-Law(of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple, London) is also an advocate and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore, practising under the style and name of M/s Sadari Musari & Partners.
His areas of practice include civil litigation, criminal practice, accident claims, probate, family law(civil and Syariah), conveyancing and workmen’s compensation.
He is also a Guest Imam of many mosques in Singapore, delivering sermons on Friday congregation. He is the founder and the President of Persatuan Guru-guru AlQuran, Singapura, an association which represent the interests of Quran reading teachers in Singapore. He is also a member of the panel of judges of the National Quran Reading Recitation organised by the Muslim Religious Council of Singapore.
As an imam, he received complaints and feedback from divorcing parties who are dissatisfied with the Syariah court orders which are “inconsistent” with Islamic laws.
Having received the complaints and feedback, the author sees that it his duty as an imam and a lawyer to act on the feedback. Moreover he thought that he is compelled to act with reference to a hadith on the authority of Abu Saeed Al-Khurdawi, who said I heard Prophet Mohammad s.a.w. said:
“Whosoever of you sees an evil, let him change it with
his hand; and if he is not able to do so, then with his tongue;
and if he is not able to do so with his heart; and that is the
weakest of faith.”
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It is the author’s hope that this website would be able to:
(i) assist fellow lawyers who are faced with the uphill task of explaining to their clients (i.e. husband litigants) who were ordered to pay by the Syariah Court nafkah iddah, mut’ah and a proportion of the ‘harta sapencarian’ even though they (the husbands) are not responsible for the breakup of their marriage;
(ii) explain to husband litigants the policies of the Singapore Syariah Court;
(iii) explain the inconsistencies of the Syariah Court with the teachings of Islamic law;
(iv) explain that Islamic law in theory is different from the practice adopted by Syariah court;
(v) streamline the practice of Syariah court with the teachings of Islamic law so that Syariah Court of Singapore is accorded the recognition as the best in this region and other jurisdictions would want to emulate;
(vi) dispel the common myth among female litigants as to the ‘ability’ of their lawyers to obtain orders which are favourable to them but which are in fact incongruous to Syariah law.