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The positive role of polygamy in reducing women socio related problem in Malaysia

Fatah Yasin, Raudlotul Firdaus and Jani, Mohd. Shah (2013) The positive role of polygamy in reducing women socio related problem in Malaysia. American International Journal of Social Science, 2 (3). pp. 72-82. ISSN 2221-1004 (O), 2221-0997 (P)

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Islam has never imposed polygamy as a universal principle nor has it put a restriction on the plurality of wives. In other words, Islam neither compels Muslims to practice polygamy nor prohibits them from doing so if certain conditions are fulfilled. Islam came at a time when people were scrambling to marry as many women as they could, just for fun and for the sake of leisure and pleasure. After a careful scrutiny of the situation, Islam regulates it and gives it a human face. It could have been prohibited like other pre-Islamic practices, such as gambling, adultery, fornication, drinking, etc. However, as a way of life that takes cognisance of natural impulse of humankind, Islam arrives with its primary sources – the Qur’ān and Sunnah – to serve as unbiased umpire between a man and his wives. This paper seeks to elucidate how Islam ensures that polygamy means to protect the rights and well-being of women, by making them proud of their union with a lawful husband. In the same vein, products of such union are also regarded as bona fide offspring of the man. Islam also saves women through polygamy from illegal relationships that are detrimental to the persons involved and the society at large. To avoid being in a relationship as a mistress or concubine, who is solely responsible for single parenthood and to overcome the increasing number of divorce in some societies today, Islam ameliorates the plight of women as a result of disparity in man-to-woman ratio by offering a solution that alleviates a woman’s status from being a mere object or commodity in the hands of men. A number of Qur’ānic verses and Prophetic traditions are quoted and analysed to identify the objective and wisdom behind the permissibility of polygamy. Key words: polygamy, positive role, women socio-related problems

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 6849/33623
Uncontrolled Keywords: polygamy, positive role, women socio-related problems
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman > HQ503 The family. Marriage. Home
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of Qur’an and Sunnah
Depositing User: Dr Raudlotul Firdaus Fatah Yasin
Date Deposited: 23 Dec 2013 09:30
Last Modified: 16 Dec 2015 15:49
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/33623

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