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If a man is allowed to have more than one wife, then why does Islam prohibit a woman from having more than one husband?

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Asked by truth, 04 Feb '08 09:10 pm
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Yes... Islam allows a man to have more than one (Polygyny) but maximum upto four wives, however it prohibits a woman from having more than one husband (Polyandry). "Marry women of your choice, two, or three, or four; but if ye fear that ye shall not be able to deal justly (with them), then only one." [Al-Quran 4:3]

It is because of following logical reasons :

i) Before revelation of Quran, polygyny was very common phenomenon in every cast & religion and there was no upper limit for polygyny. Men often had scores of wives. Islam put an upper limit of four wives, that too only with the strict condition that he deals justly with each of them. In Quran it is further stated that "It is very difficult for a man to be just, between his wives". (Quran 4 : 129). So, polgyny is permitted in Islam but is an exception, not a rule. It never says muslims to compulsorily have more than one wife, but only permits them to have two or three and or four - only on the condition that he must justly d ...more
Answered by akhtar masood, 05 Feb '08 01:46 am

 
  
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The Quran is the only religious book, on the face of this earth, that contains the phrase marry only one. There is no other religious book that instructs men to have only one wife. In none of the other religious scriptures, whether it be the Vedas, the Ramayan, the Mahabharat, the Geeta, the Talmud or the Bible does one find a restriction on the number of wives. According to these scriptures one can marry as many as one wishes. It was only later, that the Hindu priests and the Christian Church restricted the number of wives to one.

Many Hindu religious personalities, according to their scriptures, had multiple wives. King Dashrat, the father of Rama, had more than one wife. Krishna had several wives.

In earlier times, Christian men were permitted as many wives as they wished, since the Bible puts no restriction on the number of wives. It was only a few centuries ago that the Church restricted the number of wives to one.

Polygyny is permitted in Judaism. According to Talmudic l ...more
Answered by shantishanti, 04 Feb '08 09:15 pm

 
  
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This is answer to shantishati.. referring to the Bible that it doent prohibit polygamy.
Mathew 19:4 " Have you not read, that He who created them from the beginning made them male and female and said, 'For this cause a man shall leave his father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife; and the two shall become one flesh'?
Consequently they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.

Note the two become one flesh. The depth of marriage.

Answered by celix pereira, 05 Feb '08 10:31 am

 
  
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Say you have two wife and each of your wife have two husbands..will it not lead to utter confusion???
Answered by Ritujit Hazarika, 04 Feb '08 09:12 pm

 
  
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1st PAGE.

Christian Wedlock.

QUESTION:
Can a woman have more than two husbands?

ANSWER:
No, a woman cannot have more than two living husbands. A man has no choice, as he must be in wedlock with one wife. But a woman has three choices. Firstly, no wedlock with a husband. Secondly, wedlock with one husband. Or thirdly, wedlock with two husbands. Thats it, there are no further choices for a woman, and there is no choice at all for a man.
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Answered by peach perry, 27 Jan '10 12:43 am

 
  
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Islam runs opposite to other religions...they write the other way, similarly in hinduism draupadi had five husbands...so its natural that they go the other way...ok got u r answer.
Answered by sivakumar, 04 Feb '08 09:13 pm

 
  
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