This is the official blog of the Nigeria-based Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), a human rights organization which promotes, protects and projects the rights of Muslims. This group condemns terrorism and all acts of violence. Its motto is 'Dialogue, Not Violence'
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
CONDITIONS FOR 2ND WIFE: EMIR OF KANO IS ON COURSE
21st February, 2017
CONDITIONS FOR 2ND WIFE:
EMIR OF KANO IS ON COURSE
The Emir of Kano
yesterday revealed that the state government is preparing a law that will make
it mandatory for men seeking to marry second wives to satisfy certain
conditions before they can be allowed to do so.
The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) wholeheartedly supports
this move. It conforms with the pronouncements of the Glorious Qur’an on
marriage. It is a bold, visionary and revolutionary step.
Although Islam allows
a man to marry up to four wives, this permission is meant to provide security
for widows and other unmarried women. It is an open secret that women outnumber
men in all parts of the world. Islam therefore permits men to marry more than
one wife in other to provide shelter and welfare for those women who would have
been left single.
In the first instance, the Qur’an enjoins those who do
not have the capacity to maintain even a single wife to abstain from marriage
until they can become economically strong enough. The verse says, “Let those
who do not have the means for marriage keep themselves chaste until Allah gives
them means out of his Grace” (Qur’an 24:33).
The above verse takes
care of men who are still bachelors. But another verse caters for both
bachelors and married men. It allows a man who already has one wife to take a
second woman, a third or even a fourth but with the proviso that such a
man must have sufficient wherewithal to care for them all.
The verse says
inter alia, “…Marry two, three or four women of your choice. But if you fear that you will not be able to
deal justly with them, marry only one...” (Qur’an 4:3). It is thus clear that,
ceteris paribus, Islam actually encourages monogamy and a second wife (or third
and fourth) can only come in where there is surplus provision.
What the Kano State
government is trying to do is to give interpretation to the phrase ‘to deal
justly’ with two, three or four women. This becomes necessary in view of the
fact that many Muslims abuse this window by marrying more than one wife when in
reality they cannot even maintain one wife comfortably. The result is the
production of children who end up as social miscreants.
MURIC commends the
vision and courage of the Emir of Kano as well as the forthrightness of Kano
State Government for evolving this great idea. We charge other states which
have Muslim majority population to emulate this policy. It is capable of
reducing poverty, raising the standard of living and increasing the number of
Professor Ishaq Akintola,
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)