Source: India Today
Deoband, the influential seminary, has directed Muslims in India to avoid practising polygamy, an initiative that has won instant approval much like the 2008 advisory that denounced terrorism as a grave sin against Islam.
Responding to a query from a person who wanted to marry again while his first wife was alive, the Deobandi scholars advised him against another marriage.
“It is hard to provide equal justice to two wives in the Indian custom,” the Deoband fatwa said, pointing out that although marrying a second time is “allowed” in Islam, it is not encouraged.
Elaborating the reasons behind this fatwa and its consequences within the Muslim community, Maulana Mufti Arshad Faruqi, chairman of the fatwa department, also known as Madrassa Jamia Imam Mohammad Anwar Shah, said, “It is absolutely unacceptable that someone gets married for the second or third time without any valid reason. More precisely, minor disputes within the family can never be a reason.
“Now the Muslims avoid a second marriage, let alone four marriages. They are conscious about their economic condition and act accordingly. It is true that there is no need for a second marriage if it adversely affects the family financially.