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Why can men have more than one wife? By: Salamah Ghudayer In the Emirates, most Emirati men have just one wife, but roughly a quarter will be known for having a second wife. Highly rare is a third or fourth wife, even amongst the wealthy men who could afford four households or a very large family in the U.A.E. In Islam, men can have a maximum of four wives, so there is a limit. Also for a man to take more than one wife he must be prepared for the challenge given to him within this right, as he absolutely must be equal between his wives or have the sincere intention to be so. He must show he is being equal and they should be able to feel he is fair; yet namely he must split his nights equally among them and they should live in equal homes with an allowance the same for each of his wives, while adding allowance for each child under her care. Most scholars are of the belief that a woman may not give up 8 | FEBRUARY DISCOVER DUBAI

any of her rights in a marriage, while some believe she may if she chooses to do so and at anytime she may ask for them back. A common example is a wife giving up her nights to another wife indefinitely or while she is traveling. It then would not be seen as the man isn’t equal, unless she requests them back and he refuses. Her rights for equality are the condition for the husbands right to have multiple wives, so her needs are sacrosanct. If he fails in his obligations and a wife no longer has patience for gaining her rights, then the couple may divorce. She can in effect fire him from his position as husband, like any of us would be for habitually failing in our duties. In the past it was more common to take multiple wives, as the community was the social affairs system. War was very different long ago, with less technology and was highly dangerous with hand to hand combat. Many men did not return from war to their tribes or villages. The men who did, #discover_dxb

February 2018 Discover Dubai  

Dubai is one of seven emirates that forms the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Often recognised for its iconic towers, man-made islands and malls...

February 2018 Discover Dubai  

Dubai is one of seven emirates that forms the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Often recognised for its iconic towers, man-made islands and malls...

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