Islaamic ruling on those who renounce polygyny

In the Name of Allaah. May peace and blessings be upon the Messenger of Allaah.

I have reviewed the article published in Al-Yamaamah magazine, issue dated 18 Rabee` Awwal, 1385 A.H. entitled The problem of the week, and read the solution offered by Mr. Naasir ibn `Abdullaah for the problem of sister M. A. L. referred to in the issue of 11 Rabee` Awwal, 1385 A.H., under the title:

Take me to light

I also read the solution presented by Ibn Al-Sarah for the same problem. Thus, I discovered that what was written by Mr. Naasir was a good solution that conforms to the right and should be adopted by the sister facing this problem. She should adhere to good manners, noble character, and graceful patience, and thus, she would overcome all the difficulties and would see good consequences.

If she suffers harm and injustice at the hand of her husband, she should gently, amiably, and patiently ask him to set matters fairly. We wish she could realize her request and stay home with her husband, for this is nearest to justice In-Shaa’ Allaah (if Allaah wills).

Yet, if the harm is inflicted by her co-wife, then the husband should prevent this harm providing a separate place for the wronged wife with the necessary maintenance and finding a female companion for her if she cannot stay at home alone. The husband should also be objective, seek fairness, and keep away from all forms of harm; otherwise – and in case none of his relatives or friends could solve the problem – she has nothing left to do but to take the matter to court.

Before that, however, she should supplicate to Allaah (Exalted be He) and sincerely ask Him to relieve her of her distress, facilitate her affairs, and guide her husband and co-wife to what is right and fair… read more here.

Wisdom behind Prophet Muhammad’s practice of polygyny

Question 16: Wisdom behind Prophet Muhammad’s practice of polygyny.

Answer: The Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him) married to several wives following his migration to Al-Madeenah. His practice of polygyny was not something novel, as polygyny was widely practiced by all people and nations. Some societies allowed unlimited number of wives until some men had more than seven hundred wives, not including slave women. Some Arabs were reported to have taken in marriage more than ten wives. When Ghaylan ibn Salamah Al-Thaqafee embraced Islaam, he was married to ten wives. The Prophet (peace be upon him) instructed him, saying: Choose four of them (and divorce the rest).

Polygamy was also practiced by the ancient Greeks in Athens, China, Babylonia, Assyria, ancient Egypt, and the Jews were also polygamous. Prophet Sulaymaan (Solomon, peace be upon him) had seven hundred free women as wives and three hundred slave women. Al-Bukhaaree related in his Saheeh (authentic) Book of more here.