Laws of the Land and Polygamy

Laws of the land and polygamy Laws of the land and polygamy is a subject that many people argue as it relates to Islam. The Islamic faith allows men to have more than one wife. He may have four at one time.

Nevertheless, there are some Muslims who say people break the laws of the land when they engage in polygamy. It happens when men become polygamous in countries where polygamy is not lawful.

Muslims who do not approve of polygamy are usually the ones who say it goes against the laws of the land. They look for any reason not to like polygamy, which doesn’t surprise me. In not wanting to live it, they seek out information to support what is wrong with it. What better way not to live it than to outlaw it?

Let me make myself clear. I don’t tell anyone to break a law. Some people don’t know the laws, but think others are breaking them. A person should know the laws of the land and polygamy before saying another has broken them.

It is not easy to know the laws of the land and polygamy, as not all countries have the same laws

The laws differ based on States in the US, as well. I’ve learned about some laws of other countries from writers here at the polygamy 411 blog and support group.

Let me tell you how Muslims could live polygamy in Islam and not go against the laws of the land. I will use the United States, as an example. There are no laws on the books that make polygamy illegal. I’m sure no one has heard that anyone went to jail in the US for being polygamous.

Despite that it is not illegal, it is still not lawful. It is unlawful, but not illegal. In other words, the courts do not see polygamy as a lawful form of marriage.

Laws of the land and polygamy are not the problem

However, “bigamy” is against the law in the US.  Bigamy is when a person has more than one legally registered marriage document. For instance, say a man has two wives in two different countries where polygamy is not legal. If he registers both marriages with the governments or some other agencies, he will have two official marriages. Thus, he has broken the law, if he is in the US. A person in the United States is only allowed one registered, legal marriage document.

From what I know, bigamy is not common in the US. Most Muslims are smart enough not register more than one marriage document in the United States. A person should know not to have a legal marriage document in the US and one in another country at the same time.  If he does, it would count as bigamy.

Laws of the land are not violated when there are private, personal contracts between people

People do not violate laws of the land when they have private, personal contracts between them. A man who has more than one wife probably has a private, personal contract with each of his wives. Nonetheless, the US courts of law will not hear a personal, private contract of marriage when the man has one that he legally registered, as well.

The laws of the land and polygamy was not what got the person in trouble

I am sure many of you have heard of polygamists who had trouble with the law in the US. The laws of the land and polygamy was not what got them in trouble. The trouble came about when they broke some other law. Perhaps they abused a child or committed domestic violence or performed a sexual offense. It is important to realize that they broke a law(s) that was on the books.

If a person did any offense that breaks a written law, he violated the laws of the land. He would face legal action for it, the same as anyone else would. On the other hand, there is no law on the books that allows a court to prosecute polygamy.

Marriage is easy and simple for a Muslim based on Allah’s laws. One doesn’t have to register a marriage to have a valid one according to Islam. A contact between the wife and the husband is good enough.

I suggest you seek your own legal counsel. Speak with a professional for legal advice. I am not an attorney at law.

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