The Higher Sharia (Islamic Law) Judicial Council in Palestine has ruled that a baby boy is illegitimate, as he was born out of a woman's second marriage, while her first husband was in an Israeli jail, the Gulf News (Mideast) website reports today (September 2, 2013).
The lack of an electronic archive was blamed for the confusion that allowed the woman to have two marriage contracts.
Yousef Edais -- who heads the judicial council -- said that the woman cannot have two marriage contracts at the same time and that her second marriage is illegitimate. "The woman had an illicit affair and produced illegitimate children," he told Gulf News.
On the other hand, Islamic law allows men to be married to four women at the same time.