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Fatwa ID: 2550
Title: Plural marriage (polygamy) in US
Category: Issues of Muslim Minorities
Scholar: Dr. Hatem al-Haj
Date: 01/21/2007

Assalaamu `Alaikum, There are many women who could benefit from plural marriage here in the US. In particular, women who are widowed, divorced, and older single women, many are with little or no nearby families (especially immigrants, refugees, and reverts to Islam), many are forced to work long hours to make ends meet, and so forth. They are not finding suitable husbands easily, though like any other woman they could benefit from the protection, security, dignity, and comfort of marriage. The Muslim men here are among the most affluent and educated in the world, but they are marrying only one woman while single Muslim women are left to struggle alone or become dependent on the masjid and the government welfare system. Since polygamy is still illegal in the US, is it advised for the Muslim community to try to make it legal so that the benefits of polygamy can be attained? The Mormon religious community is attempting to make polygamy legal; is it okay for Muslims to join them in this cause? It is not fair that in the US one man can literally sleep with hundreds of women with no penalty or responsibility, but multiple women cannot get the benefits of marriage from one responsible man. What can we do under these circumstances? May Allah reward


All praise be to Allah, and may his peace and blessings be on the last and best prophet and messenger, Muhammad.

Allah said:

"أَلا يَعْلَمُ مَنْ خَلَقَ وَهُوَ اللَّطِيفُ الْخَبِيرُ."

"Should He not know what He created? And He is the Subtle, the Aware."

You are absolutely right, and the Muslim community should join hands with any religious community towards this noble end to relieve the suffering of many women.

Will this happen any time soon? Allah knows best, but we must do our part.