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Polygamy: Exploring the Sharee Reasons and Challenges of Multiple Marriages

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1. Can a husband kiss his wife on lips, hand, cheek and forehead in front of his other wives?

Can all the 4 wives stay together in one house in 4 different rooms each?

Can the 4 wives offer nafl salaah behind her husband in jamaat? They’re interested in praying long rakaats, that’s why.

Should a person not consider adopting polygamy because it is frowned upon by his countrymen, relatives and parents?

Is a person allowed to marry more than one wife and upto 4 because he wants to have more children (wants children so that he can honor sahaba by giving them their names and make them great ulema of deoband maslak so that they can bring inqilaab in our society) and has more desire for intercourse while his wife is impure, and lastly so that he can change the life of his 4 wives with his piety and make them a strong adherent of sunnat e rasool (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam)?

What if parents and wife don’t agree for polygamy even after stating sharee reasons? What should one do? Keep quite and listen to them or make them agree to this with hikmat?


A: Avoid doing this. Why should one unnecessarily create jealousy and incite others.


The maximum that the fuqaha have allowed is for three persons to be behind the imaam in nafl salaah.

The basis of the shariah is not subject to people frowning and looking down. It is quite strange that people who look down at polygamy wil do not mind zina and fornication, whereas this is the thing to frown and look down upon.


We suggest that you don’t make this into a discussion.

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


Answered by:

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.