Answers to Non Muslims’ Common Questions About Islam english islamic book pdf

  1. The Qur’an is the only religious scripture in the world that says,
    “marry only one”.
    The Qur’an is the only religious book, on the face of this earth, that contains the
    phrase ‘marry only one’. There is no other religious book that instructs men to
    have only one wife. In none of the other religious scriptures, whether it be the
    Vedas, the Ramayan, the Mahabharat, the Geeta, the Talmud or the Bible does
    one find a restriction on the number of wives. According to these scriptures one
    can marry as many as one wishes. It was only later, that the Hindu priests and
    the Christian Church restricted the number of wives to one.
    Many Hindu religious personalities, according to their scriptures, had multiple
    wives. King Dashrat, the father of Rama, had more than one wife. Krishna had
    several wives.
    In earlier times, Christian men were permitted as many wives as they wished,
    since the Bible puts no restriction on the number of wives. It was only a few
    centuries ago that the Church restricted the number of wives to one.
    Polygyny is permitted in Judaism. According to Talmudic law, Abraham had
    three wives, and Solomon had hundreds of wives. The practice of polygyny
    continued till Rabbi Gershom ben Yehudah (960 C.E to 1030 C.E) issued an
    edict against it. The Jewish Sephardic communities living in Muslim countries
    continued the practice till as late as 1950, until an Act of the Chief Rabbinate of
    Israel extended the ban on marrying more than one wife.
    (*Interesting Note:- As per the 1975 census of India Hindus are more
    polygynous than Muslims. The report of the ‘Committee of The Status of
    Woman in Islam’, published in 1975 mentions on page numbers 66 and 67 that
    the percentage of polygamous marriages between the years 1951 and 1961

was 5.06% among the Hindus and only 4.31% among the Muslims. According
to Indian law only Muslim men are permitted to have more than one wife. It is
illegal for any non-Muslim in India to have more than one wife. Despite it being
illegal, Hindus have more multiple wives as compared to Muslims. Earlier, there
was no restriction even on Hindu men with respect to the number of wives
allowed. It was only in 1954, when the Hindu Marriage Act was passed that it
became illegal for a Hindu to have more than one wife. At present it is the Indian
Law that restricts a Hindu man from having more than one wife and not the
Hindu scriptures.)
Let us now analyse why Islam allows a man to have more than one wife.