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Why Islam Permits Exactly Four Wives

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During a recent Arabic program devoted to how religions view marriage, Islamic clerics endeavored to answer the host’s question, “Why does Islam permit exactly four wives, as opposed to only one or more than four?

One of these clerics responded by saying that, before Islam, there was no limit to how many wives an Arab man could have.    But when Koran 4:3 appeared, telling Muslim men to  “Marry such women as seem good to you, two and three and four,” a man came to Islam’s prophet Muhammad saying, I have 19 wives, what do I do now?  Muhammad told him, keep four and divorce the rest.

The cleric then said that in another hadith, Muhammad said a woman should be married for one of four reasons: 1) her beauty, 2) her lineage, 3) her wealth, and 4) her piety.

However, argued the cleric, it is impossible to find all four traits in one woman.  That is why a Muslim man, who deserves the best that womanhood can offer, is permitted to have four wives—ideally, one that represents each of the four aforementioned traits sought after in women.


  • mtnhikerdude

    Islam the Religion of Insanity

    • Waqqas Saeed

      you are right because you read topics written by insane people.Their madness has made you mad too.

      • mtnhikerdude

        Waqqas , you r an obvious Palestinian sympathizer. When was the last time a Christian proclaimed “Covert , Pay Tax or Die” ?

        • Waqqas Saeed

          watch this latest video to know How people become Muslims? Either by sword or by teachings of Islam.
          Westerns in KSA are paid much higher salaries than expatriates from Asian countries. Both pay taxes to the Government. 200 Riyals per Iqama per month.
          Read about conquest of Mecca by Mohammad (SAW)

          I don’t want to make it difficult for you to read the whole topic so read AFTERMATH. It is not constrain
          I don’t see acts of Muslims but acts of Muhammad (SAW).

      • mtnhikerdude

        Perhaps you are right because you read topics written by insane people . Their madness has made you mad also.

  • Waqqas Saeed

    Hadith is quoted wrong.The correct hadith is “A woman is married for four things: for her wealth, for her lineage,
    for her beauty or for her piety. Select the pious, may you be blessed!”.
    (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)“.
    Sense of Hadith is not clearly mentioned and words are eaten up by the writer because he does not want to convey a true message and is not neutral.

    • OfficialPro

      hey, it’s a valid theory.

  • reyol

    Four wife polygamy is part of the diabolical genius of Islam. Consider that when Allah decides to chastise his followers with a major military defeat (which he does quite a bit), the now widowed wives can be married by the survivors. A few hudnas later, a new crop of jihadists are ready. All of the lost strength has been restored. Four wives means that Muslims can suffer losses up to three quarters and not have a long term weakness. The short term weakness is covered by an insincere peace treaty called hudna. All of this is supported by hadith though I cannot cite chapter and verse.