Asking the husband for divorce if he takes a second wife

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Q: My question is about second marriage. I have very good relation with my husband and his family. My husband loves me and our two daughters. My in-laws think that I am an ideal wife and ideal daughter in-law , however, my husband says that some men need more than one wife and recently he was seriously thinking about second marriage. I told him that if he wants a second wife, then he has to divorce me first. I have no problem with his getting married for two or three times but I do not want to be his wife in that case. He said he cannot leave me. As I know him, he loves me but he needs more wives as well. What would be my situation in Shariah if I refuse to keep marital relations with him?


A: If you cannot manage and you seriously fear that you will not be able to fulfil his rights under the circumstance then he should divorce you. It is not right for him to refuse divorcing you.

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


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)