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Seeking first wife’s permission to marry a second wife

I am married man and If I want to marry second one, then I should take the permission from first wife ???? If she did not give the permission then what I should do ????

Answer

In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

Shari’ah has made it compulsory upon the husband to maintain equality between his wives. If one is not capable of maintaining fairness between the wives, then it is not permissible for him to marry more than one.

In principle, it is not necessary upon the husband to take permission from the first wife to marry a second wife. However, it would be advisable and wise for the husband to discuss his intention with his wife to maintain harmony and avoid complications in the first marriage.

If your wife does not permit you to marry a second wife, you may consider her reasoning and apply your mind. You should also make istikhaarah and seek counsel from your elders and other reliable persons.

And Allaah Ta’aala Knows Best

Muajul I. Chowdhury

Student, Darul Iftaa

Astoria, New York, USA

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.

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