We often heard that marriages are made in heaven. Through the grace of God, married couples are destined for one another. P.Marimuthu and Raimah Bibi Noordin were one such couple. Their union was made almost 20 years ago which resulted in 7 children. It was a complete family.
Due to a religious deparment intervention, the family was broken and separated albeit unwillingly. The family's problem started when seven Jais officers visited their house in Kampung Baru Tambahan Ulu Yam on April 2.
The officials then told Marimuthu that his wife of 21 years, Raimah Bibi, was a Muslim and that she and their children - aged between four and 12 - must be placed in a rehabilitation centre.
It was a sad sad day for all of us when compassion, true love and humanity no longer reign supreme. It wasn't God's intention to separate a loving family whose union He had initiated. It was a man-made madness.
Read the Sun today:
Raimah agreed to live apart from her non-Muslim husband and gave him custody of their seven children after choosing to continue practising Islam.
She is, however, given unlimited access to her children aged four to 14, the product of their 20-year marriage which was not formally registered.
It was a touching scene at the High Court here when Raimah Bibi Noordin, 40, told Justice Datuk Su Geok Yiam she had agreed to hand over her children to 44-year-old P. Marimuthu whom she had married according to Hindu rites.
Raimah will now live apart from Marimuthu, who will bring up the children, comprising four boys and three girls, according to Hindu tradition.
She will have to fend for herself, with some aid from the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (JAIS).
Is this a society we want to live in? What went wrong?