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Mar 01, 2019
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Sheikh of Al-Azhar Ahmed ِAl-Tayeb: Polygamy Is Prohibited if Justice for Wives Is Not Guaranteed

#7068 | 01:15
Source: Channel 1 (Egypt)

Sheikh of Al-Azhar Ahmed Al-Tayeb, the Grand Imam of Egypt's Al-Azhar University, said in a March 1, 2019 interview on Channel 1 TV (Egypt) that polygamy is a misunderstood topic in Islam that, in most cases, involves injustice towards women, their children, and their families. He explained that justice is a precondition for polygamy in the same way that ritual ablution is a precondition for prayer. He added: "This is not an issue open to experiments… It is the fear of injustice or harm that makes polygamy forbidden for you." For more about Sheikh Al-Tayeb, see MEMRI TV Clips No. 6438, No. 5527, No. 4048, No. 2451, No. 1478.

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Ahmed Al-Tayeb: In 90% of cases – and I am not exaggerating – polygamy involves injustice towards the wife, her family, and her children.

 

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Polygamy is an example of an issue in which the correct understanding of the Quran and the Sunnah of the Prophet has been distorted.

 

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Justice is a precondition for polygamy, just like ablution is a precondition for prayer. If there is no justice, polygamy is forbidden. This is not an issue open to experimentation. It is not as if you can marry a second wife, and if you back down, [polygamy] is forbidden for you and you divorce her or you simply stay married to her. No. It is the fear of injustice or harm that makes polygamy forbidden for you.

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