The Prophet Mohammad (SM) The Best of All Husbands (Part-37)

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PART THREE
Doubts Regarding the Prophet (SM)

CHAPTER ELEVEN
Plural marriages

It states in the Torah that the Prophet Solomon (or Sulayman, as he is called in Arabic) had 700 concubines and 300 wives1 and Prophet Abraham (Ibraheem) had two wives Sarah and Hagar (Hajar). Furthermore, the Bible does not prohibit polygyny either, as Jesus (Eesa) came to complete the message brought forth in the law of Moses (Moosa), as Allah (SWT) says:

 [سورة الصف:٦] وَإِذْ قَالَ عِيسَى ابْنُ مَرْيَمَ يَا بَنِي إِسْرَائِيلَ إِنِّي رَسُولُ اللَّهِ إِلَيْكُم مُّصَدِّقًا لِّمَا بَيْنَ يَدَيَّ مِنَ التَّوْرَاةِ وَمُبَشِّرًا بِرَسُولٍ يَأْتِي مِن بَعْدِي اسْمُهُ أَحْمَدُ ۖ فَلَمَّا جَاءَهُم بِالْبَيِّنَاتِ قَالُوا هَـٰذَا سِحْرٌ مُّبِينٌ

(And [mention] when Jesus, the son of Mary, said: O children of Israel, indeed I am the messenger of Allah to you, confirming what came before me of the Torah and bringing good tidings of a messenger to come after me, whose name is Ahmad. But when he came to them with clear evidence, they said: This is obvious magic.) (Qur’an 61: 6)

Hence, plural marriages were common and widespread amongst the Arabs before Islam. We have the example of Ghaylan ibn Salamah ath-Thaqafee, who was married to ten women in the days of ignorance. When he accepted Islam, all his wives accepted Islam with him, and the Prophet (SM) ordered him to choose only four from amongst them, and divorce the rest.2  

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