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This shows us that polygyny was not something unheard of that Islam had introduced into the world. There are many who use this issue to speak in error about Islam and the Muslims, waging an intellectual war against this religion, by disguising the truth and even vilifying the virtuous personality of the Prophet (SM), because of his plural marriages. They unjustly accuse him of being sexually driven, having strong carnal desires, and seeking only his personal pleasure through these marriages. In this way, they totally twist the truth, and this is a common practice amongst Jewish and Christian Orientalists. Unfortunately, there are many people from amongst our own ranks, who applaud them for saying that polygyny is a ‘dire insult to women’.3
We say to those people, whose thinking has been corrupted by the Christian missionary onslaught, that polygyny is a blessing from Allah, and that there is great wisdom behind it, which we may not have fully understood, had we not the example of the Prophet (SM) in front of us. In addition, his plural marriages also served as a means of propagating Islam.
Let us go back and look at the words of Allah:
[سورة النساء:٣] وَإِنْ خِفْتُمْ أَلَّا تُقْسِطُوا فِي الْيَتَامَىٰ فَانكِحُوا مَا طَابَ لَكُم مِّنَ النِّسَاءِ مَثْنَىٰ وَثُلَاثَ وَرُبَاعَ ۖ فَإِنْ خِفْتُمْ أَلَّا تَعْدِلُوا فَوَاحِدَةً أَوْ مَا مَلَكَتْ أَيْمَانُكُمْ ۚ ذَٰلِكَ أَدْنَىٰ أَلَّا تَعُولُوا
(lf you fear that you shall not be able to deal justly with the orphans, marry women of your choice, two, or three, or four; but if you fear that you shall not be able to deal justly [with them] , then only one, or [captives] that your right hands possess. That will be more suitable, to prevent you from doing injustice.) (Qur'an 4: 3)
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