Wife refusing to have relations with her husband due to him taking a second wife


  1. I want to know that if a muslim man does second marriage and his first wife says that since you have married for the second time I will not have physical relations with you, Does this  mean Divorce?
  2. My second question is under such relation is the man bound to give equal time to both his wives?



  1. No.
  2. Shariah commands that a person maintain equality between both his wives. 

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.

فإن كان له أكثر من امرأة فعليه العدل بينهن في حقوقهن من القسم والنفقة والكسوة وهو التسوية بينهن في ذلك حتى لو كانت تحته امرأتان حرتان أو أمتان يجب عليه أن يعدل بينهما في المأكول والمشروب والملبوس والسكنى والبيتوتة. (بدائع الصنائع 2/332)

Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)