February 2nd, 2006

Polygamy and the Wisdom Behind the Prophet's Plural Marriages

Polygamy or plural marriage of men (polygyny) in Islam is limited only to a maximum of four with a condition that husbands are able to treat their wives with justice. Otherwise, the rule in Islam is monogamy.

“If you fear that you shall not be able to deal justly with the orphan girls, marry (other) women of your choice, two, three, or four. But if you fear that you shall not be able to deal justly (with them), then only one, or that which your right hands possess (captives and the slaves). That will be more suitable, to prevent you from doing injustice.” (Qur'an 4:3)
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In line with polygamy, most enemies of Islam center their biased criticisms on the Prophet’s plural marriages, which exceeded more than four as allowed in the Qur’an. They branded the Prophet (s.a.w.s.) as a “sexually obsessed man” for marrying more than four. Read more...Collapse )

By Dr. Norlain Dindang Mababaya
From her article Some Misconceptions on Islam