Important Information About PolygamyI will share with you important information about polygamy in Islam that you need to know. In particular, I will give you a brief summary of some of the reasons that man has given over the years to support the need for polygamy. It’s with reference to man having more than one wife at a time, but no more than four.

  • First, there are many wars between tribes and nations. Needless to say, many men die in battle and as a result, it leaves an excess of women to men. Hence, polygamy is a means for men to take care of the excess women.
  • Polygamy helps widows and orphans. It helps women who are left without supporters or husbands.
  • Some believe polygamy heals the wounded heart of a woman whose husband has died in battle.
  • Furthermore, men marry more than one woman to increase the birthrate. In tribal areas, the tribes try to increase the number of members that it has.
  • undoubtedly, polygamy helps those women who are helpless and poor. Such marriages give them a means of livelihood and protection.
  • At one time it was gallant of men to marry as many women, as they could support.
  • Some considered it a huge dishonor on a family and the entire tribe, if a woman did not marry or she married below her social status. Eligible girls who were old enough to marry had many offers. The men competed with each other in tempting them with jewelry and property as a dower.
  • Additionally, polygamy helps in some cases where a wife is chronically ill, incapacitated, or unable to bear children. The other wives help out by bearing children in that respect.

Important information about polygamy you should know is that it is not obsolete

  • Wars still leave women widowed and children without fathers.
  • It is important to note that there are many unmarried single women who long for marriage.
  • Think about it. Many women dream of marriage. It doesn’t matter if she is a physician, an educator, or an attorney. It doesn’t matter how successful she is. Particularly, a woman (not all women), would like to have a family of her own to share with a good man who is the father of her children.
  • Furthermore, some women can’t bear children. Therefore, a husband may have a need for another wife to have children for him.
  • Most importantly, Allah made polygamy lawful. Allah speaks of polygamy in the Quran, and the Quran is for all of man (men and women). It’s for all times, which means that it was not just for yesterday or for today, but is for tomorrow, as well.

Now for the last of the important information about polygamy that you need to know, I would be neglectful not to mention that it is not an easy lifestyle to live. I feel safe in saying that it is probably a challenge for anyone who lives it. In fact, neither polygamy, nor monogamy is easy to live, and the divorce rates show it.

Notably, not all polygamous marriages are the same. Just as not all monogamous marriages are not all the same, either. All marriages are different, and the parties to them have their share of trials and tribulations.

All of the above support the fact that polygamy is a valid and much-needed form of marriage. It was the way of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) who is our example.

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