Practising equality when taking another wife

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Q: A man is married for 15 odd years (with kids) and thereafter decides to take on a second wife. He has provided for his first wife a house of x value however wants to provide for his future second wife a smaller accommodation of lesser value. He says it is safer for her to stay in. The future second wife is not materialistic but his decision without her consent has already left her feeling inferior and she is now unsure about her future with this man. What is the ruling on this and what do you advise?


A: If he marries a second wife, then he should practise equality between both wives. He should provide the second wife with a similar house that he has provided the first wife.

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


Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from MuftiOnline.co.za, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.