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Taking a Second Wife: Navigating Consent and Regulations

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Q: I am 35 years old. Married with children. I have decided to take a second wife. I told my wife everything that had happened and want to take a second wife, but she refuses to agree. I do know that I do not need her permission but I would like to get her permission because she is important to me. The second lady has read her isthikaara and has accepted to be my second wife, she fully understands the regulations of being a second wife. Could you please assist with my problem.


A: Since you desire that your first wife should be in full agreement, the better approach will be to persuade her first in a respectable and kind manner.

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.

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