LOL, Jannah, you love contradicting yourself!
The two things have nothing to do with each other. Are you actually condoning the behavior of these predators like shown in the video? These men prey on young women/converts that really have no idea about their rights. They're just deluded into thinking these speakers are so knowledgeable and amazing and that they're special because he chose them to marry. This is the same cult mentality with David Koresh and whoever else. They pick out wives from the congregation and brainwash them in order to use them. What's the difference here? If someone stands in the way they are just declared a kaffir or something. This phenomenon has gotten to the point where someone made a video about it to warn girls. Like I said this is a well known phenomenon in certain areas of the US. These men marry multiple women whenever they want, outside the legal system, never give them or their children their rights and then eventually divorce them. There are also names of specific speakers who travel around and do this but I won't mention them. They also tell the sisters btw that their's is a secret marriage. Honestly you'd be shocked about the big names involved. Sisters need to be aware and careful. And these speakers are not getting married without walis, they just declare the wali that has reservations/problems with the marriage as kaffir and unfit or whatever and then appoint their friend to be the representative of the girl.
As for the "new Islamic contracts", that's a whole other issue that as you can see we already discussed thoroughly in that thread. The difference being 1. that it's completely consensual no one is being brainwashed 2. the girls rights are still preserved. In both cases the end result is Halal -- marriage, but in one case the way gone about it and what happens after it is completely wrong.
This goes into the whole "rockstar imam" thing people have gotten lost into. Imams and shaykhs are people too, they make mistakes and whatever else. They're human beings and we should remember that. I've heard sisters tell me quite seriously that they would LOVE to marry a certain speaker and there are girls that throw themselves at them, thinking they would make the greatest of husbands. What a fitnah all around!
um aboodi I'd like to believe that sisters don't believe in sweet talkers hype, but i know that isn't true. common sense?? ermmm
unfortunately sisters are very emotional and can get attached easily, especially when they believe this famous man is upholding quran and sunnah and their parents are not. they're pressured into it islamically too. (not talking abt regular girls btw just abt the above phenomenon in some islamic 'cults')