Polygamy and Islam
Peace be upon you. Recently our understanding on polygamy on the basis of the Quran has been changed. Now we do not think that it is a right to have more than one wife for being a man. Even though man and woman have some different natural duties and responsibilities, God does not discriminate man and woman.
[The Quran 3:195] Their Lord (God) responded to them: “I never fail to reward any worker among you for any work you do, be you male or female – you are equal to one another…
Our understanding is that the [4.3] verse was applicable only for that particular place, time and situation. If the same situation arises somewhere in the world in modern time then the verse is only applicable there. During the prophet’s time man usually fought in war and many men were killed so there were a tremendous shortage of man out there.
That is the main reason for the sake of good and welfare of woman, God gives that temporary rule of polygamy. Many other Quranic verses are also not applicable now because such verses were only applicable for a particular time period.
Therefore, based on the Quran polygamy cannot be applicable as a rule in general. Based on the Quran and natural world, general rule is monogamy and polygamy is just an exception. However, this is our understanding of the issue and we are not claiming that our understanding on a particular Islamic issue is final.
We are just human beings, not above error. There could be different opinions and we do not condemn who do not agree with us. Anyway, thank you and may Allah bless you.
I have different understanding about it. Does the verse [4.3] say polygamy is only permitted with orphan girls? God does not leave for our own guessing. Where God says in the holy Quran, polygamy is forbidden except with orphan girls?!
My understanding about the verse [4.3] is that if someone has more than one wives and one is orphan he must be careful to deal with his orphan wife more carefully. Because the holy Quran orders us, we have to take care orphan’s issues with extra care and that is why in verse [4.3] God mentions orphan women.
For instance, obviously we cannot shallow anybody’s property unjustly, can we?! But God gives serious warning especially if we try to gain orphan’s property illicitly.
[The Quran 4.10] (As for) those who swallow the property of the orphans unjustly, surely they only swallow fire into their bellies and they shall enter burning fire.
Therefore, mentioning orphans in the verse [4.3] does not imply that polygamy is only applicable if orphan girls are involved. Secondly, in the verse [4:129] God says it is not possible for anyone to be 100% fair among his wives but does God say, so one cannot involve in polygamy?!
Rather God says, one should try his best to be fair among his wives. And after hard trying to be fair still if it is not possible to achieve 100% Allah is forgiving, merciful. That’s my understanding so far about this subject.
I never said hadith followers are wrong in every issue. Big problem is that they are not accepting that the holy Quran is the main source of religious guidance. They also respect the holy Quran very much. Many hadith followers also reject many hadith of Bukari and Muslim. Thank you.
Dr. Md. Anisur Rahman
From: Student of the Quran < >
Subject: Husbands may hit their wives / response to Mr. Abraham (4)
Date: Sunday, August 21, 2011, 2:13 AM
A Muslim polygamist may simply get rid of one of his undesirable wives.
Dear Mr. Abraham,
According to the Quran, polygamy is allowed only for the benefit of the orphans. The Quran discourages polygamy and the reason is given clearly. The so-called fatwa which suggests that a muslim man can marry upto four women is nothing but a myth fabricated by hypocrites, and not by God and His messenger.
[4:3] If you deem it best for the orphans, you may marry their mothers – you may marry two, three, or four. If you fear lest you become unfair, then you shall be content with only one, or with what you already have. Additionally, you are thus more likely to avoid financial hardship.
[4:129] You can never be equitable in dealing with more than one wife, no matter how hard you try. Therefore, do not be so biased as to leave one of them hanging (neither enjoying marriage, nor left to marry someone else). If you correct this situation and maintain righteousness, GOD is Forgiver, Most Merciful
Thank you and may God guide me,