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Threatening to poison one’s co-wife

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Q: I married a Muslim man as a second wife. When his first wife was informed, she threatened to poison me, my (our) husband, the children and herself. I am new to Islam and my husband is teaching me about the religion. I have no idea what to do as my husband now fears for the lives of his children as well as our lives. Can she force him with these threats to divorce me? Please tell me what to do! 


A: Shariah has allowed the husband to marry more than one wife on condition he exercises equality between his wives. It is totally impermissible and not right for her to behave in this manner. After salaah, turn to Allah Tala in dua and ask him to bless the entire family with unity and happiness.

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.

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