All of the relationships were unrestricted.
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In Islam, the regulations concerning polygamy limit the number of wives a man can have while making him responsible for all of the women involved. Another verse says that a person is unable to deal justly between wives, thus giving permission but discouraging it. While the provision for polygamy makes the social system flexible enough to deal with all kinds of conditions, it is not necessarily recommended or preferred by Islam. Taking the example of the Prophet Muhammad S is instructive.
He was married to one woman, Khadijah, for twenty-five years. It was only after her death when he had reached the age of fifty that he entered into other marriages to promote friendships, create alliances or to be an example of some lesson to the community; also to show the Muslims how to treat their spouses under different conditions of life.
The Prophet S was given inspiration from Allah about how to deal with multiple marriages and the difficulties encountered therein. It is not an easy matter for a man to handle two wives, two families, and two households and still be just between the two. No man of reasonable intelligence would enter into this situation without a great deal of thought and very compelling reasons other than sexual. Some people have said that the first wife must agree to the second marriage. Others have said that the couple can put it into the marriage contract that the man will not marry a second wife.
Consideration and compassion on the part of the man for his first wife should prompt him to discuss the matter with her but he is not required to do so or to gain her approval. No one has the authority to make a contract forbidding something that has been granted by Allah. The bottom line in the marriage relationship is good morality and happiness, creating a just and cohesive society where the needs of men and women are well taken care of. In part, such an undesirable welfare burden has given rise to bloated budget deficits which even an economically powerful country like the United States cannot accommodate.
Bloated budget deficits have become a political football which is affecting the political system of the United States. In short, we find that artificially created monogamy has become a factor in ruining the family structure, and the social, economic and political systems of the country. It must be a prophet, and indeed, it was Prophet Muhammad S who directed Muslims to get married or observe patience until one gets married. Islam wants people to be married and to develop a good family structure.
Also, Islam realized the requirements of the society and the individual in special circumstances where polygamy can be the solution to problems. Therefore, Islam has allowed polygamy, limiting the number of wives to four, but does not require or even recommend polygamy.
In the Muslim societies of our times, polygamy is not frequently practiced despite legal permission in many countries. It appears that the American male is very polygamous, getting away with not taking responsibility for the families he should be responsible for. In this article, polygamy has been used to mean polygyny meaning having two or more wives.
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Islam forbids polyandry, meaning having two or more husbands. Humanity has received the Divine guidance only through two channels: firstly the word of Allah, secondly the Prophets who were chosen by Allah to communicate His will to human beings. These two things have always been going together and attempts to know the will of Allah by neglecting either of these two have always been misleading. The Hindus neglected their prophets and paid all attention to their books that proved only word puzzles which they ultimately lost.
This was because the followers of Moses and Jesus made no considerable effort to preserve these Revelations during the life of their Prophets. Rather, they were written long after their death. This volume was with Abu Bakr till his death. It was from this original copy that the third Caliph Uthman prepared several other copies and sent them to different Muslim territories.
That is why it does not address the Arabs alone in whose language it was revealed.
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It speaks to man as a human being:. It neither condemns nor tortures the flesh nor does it neglect the soul. It does not humanize God nor does it deify man. Everything is carefully placed where it belongs in the total scheme of creation. Could any person of the sixth century C. Could he describe the evolution of the embryo inside the uterus so accurately as we find it in modern science? Secondly, it is logical to believe that Muhammad PBUH , who up to the age of forty was marked only for his honesty and integrity, began all of a sudden the authorship of a book matchless in literary merit and the equivalent of which the whole legion of the Arab poets and orators of the highest caliber could not produce?
And lastly, is it justified to say Muhammad PBUH , who was known as AL-AMEEN the trustworthy in his society and who is still admired by the non-Muslim scholars for his honesty and integrity, came forth with a false claim and on that falsehood could train thousands of men of character, integrity and honesty, who were able to establish the best human society on the surface of the earth? Margoliouth, Introduction to J. Compared to the population of the rest of the world at that time, the Arabs constituted a tiny minority. It simply conquered the hearts; bodies yielded automatically.
It continues to pierce the hearts of countless men and women today — in spite of the relentless efforts by persons with vested interests who like darkness to prevail, so that they may rob people of their good things.
They are from different countries, speak different languages and have different backgrounds. He embraced Islam in An intellectual who has been serving the German diplomatic missions in various parts of the world. She embraced Islam in It was the rigid simplicity, the utter self-effacement of the prophet, the scrupulous regard for his pledges, his intense devotion to his friends and followers, his intrepidity, his fearlessness, his absolute trust in God and his own mission.
These, and not the sword carried everything before them and surmounted every trouble. The theory of Islam and sword, for instance, is not heard now in any quarter worth the name. The principle of Islam, there is no compulsion in religion, is well known. He was by far the most remarkable man that ever set foot on this earth.
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He preached a religion, founded a state, built a nation, laid down a moral code, initiated numerous social and political reforms, established a powerful and dynamic society to practice and represent his teachings and completely revolutionized the worlds of human thought and behavior for all times to come. He was born in Arabia in the year C. During this short period of 23 years of his prophethood, he changed the complete Arabian peninsula from paganism and idolatry to the worship of One God, from tribal quarrels and wars to national solidarity and cohesion, from drunkenness and debauchery to sobriety and piety, from lawlessness and anarchy to disciplined living, from utter bankruptcy to the highest standards of moral excellence.
The world has had its share of great personalities. But these were one sided figures who distinguished themselves in but one or two fields, such as religious thought or military leadership. The lives and teachings of these great personalities of the world are shrouded in the mist of time. There is so much speculation about the time and place their birth, the mode and style of their life, the nature and detail of their teachings and the degree and measure of their success or failure that it is impossible for humanity to reconstruct accurately the lives and teachings of these men.
Not so this man. Muhammad pbuh accomplished so much in such diverse fields of human thought and behavior in the fullest blaze of human history. Every detail of his private life and public utterances has been accurately documented and faithfully preserved to our day. The authenticity of the records so preserved are vouched for not only by the faithful followers but even by his prejudiced critics. Muhammad pbuh was a religious teacher, a social reformer, a moral guide, an administrative colossus, a faithful friend, a wonderful companion, a devoted husband, a loving father — all in one.
No other man in history ever excelled or equaled him in any of these different aspects of life — but it was only for the selfless personality of Muhammad pbuh to achieve such incredible perfection. Speaking on the aspect of equality before God in Islam, the famous poetess of India, Sarojini Naidu says:.
The world has not hesitated to raise to divinity individuals whose lives and missions have been lost in legend. Historically speaking, none of these legends achieved even a fraction of what Muhammad pbuh accomplished. And all his striving was for the sole purpose of uniting mankind for the worship of One God on the codes of moral excellence.
Muhammad pbuh or his followers never at any time claimed that he was a son of God or the God-incarnate or a man with divinity — but he always was and is even today considered as only a Messenger chosen by God. Hart, in his recently published book on ratings of men who contributed towards the benefit and upliftment of mankind writes:. Today after a lapse of fourteen centuries, the life and teachings of Muhammad pbuh have survived without the slightest loss, alteration or interpolation. The least YOU can do as a thinking and concerned human being is to stop for a moment and ask yourself: Could these statements sounding so extraordinary and revolutionary really be true?
It will cost you nothing, but it may prove to be the beginning of a completely new era in your life. As human beings we are given a consciousness and a duty that has placed us at the top of creation. I was brought up in the modern world of all the luxury and the highlight of show business. I was born into a Christian home. We know that every child is born in his original nature, and it is only his parents that turn him to this religion or that.