Answer To Non Muslims, Common Questions About Islam :PART2

Answer To Non Muslims, Common Questions About Islam :PART1


If a man is allowed to have more than one wife, then why does Islam prohibit a woman from having more than one husband?


A lot of people, including some Muslims, question the logic of allowing Muslim men to have more than one spouse while denying the same ‘right’ to women. Let me first state emphatically, that the foundation of an Islamic society is justice and equity. Allah has created men and women as equal, but with different capabilities and different responsibilities. Men and women are different, physiologically and psychologically. Their roles and responsibilities are different. Men and women are equal in Islam, but not identical. Surah Nisa’ Chapter 4 verses 22 to 24 gives the list of women with whom Muslim men can not marry. It is further mentioned in Surah Nisa’ Chapter 4 verse 24 “Also (prohibited are) women already married”

The following points enumerate the reasons why polyandry is prohibited in Islam:

1. If a man has more than one wife, the parents of the children born of such marriages can easily be identified. The father as well as the mother can easily be identified. In case of a woman marrying more than one husband,
only the mother of the children born of such marriages will be identified and not the father. Islam gives tremendous importance to the identification of  both parents, mother and father. Psychologists tell us that children who do not know their parents, especially their father undergo severe mental trauma and disturbances. Often they have an unhappy childhood. It is for this reason that the children of prostitutes do not have a healthy childhood. If a child born of such wedlock is admitted in school, and when the mother is asked the name of the father, she would have to give two or more names! I am aware that recent advances in science have made it possible for both the mother and father to be identified with the help of genetic testing. Thus this point which was applicable for the past may not be applicable for the present.

2. Man is more polygamous by nature as compared to a woman.

3. Biologically, it is easier for a man to perform his duties as a husband despite having several wives. A woman, in a similar position, having several husbands, will not find it possible to perform her duties as a wife. A woman
undergoes several psychological and behavioral changes due to different phases of the menstrual cycle.

4. A woman who has more than one husband will have several sexual partners at the same time and has a high chance of acquiring venereal or sexually transmitted diseases which can also be transmitted back to her
husband even if all of them have no extra-marital sex. This is not the case in a man having more than one wife, and none of them having extra-marital sex.

The above reasons are those that one can easily identify. There are probably many more reasons why Allah, in His Infinite Wisdom, has prohibited polyandry.

[Source: From the talk of Dr.Zakir Naik]
"Good deeds are not equal to the evil ones. Repel other's evil deeds with your good deeds. You will see that he with whom you had enmity, will become your close friend.
But none will attain this quality except those who patiently endure and none will attain this quality except those who are truly fortunate."

Chapter: 41, Verses 34-35, Al-Quran
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Nuriddeenk on October 4, 2009 at 2:05 AM said...

You make alot of good points. Even as muslim women we tend to take on the logic of western women and sometimes think itsnot "fair" formuslim men to have more then one wife. But Alhumduillah, Allah's wisdom isgreater then ours and he is themost just. Your post shows some of the logic behind polygamy and it is a good reminder of Allah's infinite wisdom.

TechSlam on October 4, 2009 at 7:50 AM said...

Yes, you are right, Allah Subavanathala has everything logical and has put them in right place. We human need to see them in right way and never interpret them in a wrong way.

agnitrisha on October 4, 2009 at 9:19 PM said...

dearest brother,
i liked the new look of your blog. thanks for this insight again..

Ibn Hanif on October 5, 2009 at 9:53 AM said...

Maa shaAllah, My brother in Islam: TechSlam has spent much time to give such a beautiful look to our blog.
May Allah reward you, Aslam. Ameen.

Thank you trisha, may Allah give you the best.

TechSlam on October 8, 2009 at 6:03 PM said...

Thanks for the appreciation brother


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