Muslim men are allowed to marry up to 4 women. However, a popular Islamic Cleric Sheikh Anas has advised that marrying more wives when the first wife and her kids live in very bad conditions is not good.
Citing an instance, he said that sometimes, a Muslim man would be staying in a very small rented apartment with his first wife and 5 kids.
But once money comes, the Muslim man in question would hastily go and rent another room and marry another wife instead of trying to get a better accommodation for his first wife and take better care of the children.
This, Sheikh Anas based in Kumasi said is unacceptable and runs against the teachings of Islam’s Prophet Mohammed (S.A.W).
In a sermon translated and transcribed by popular influencer Kuburah Diamonds on her Facebook page, she quoted the Kumasi-based cleric as follows:
“Marriage is money and will power.
If you don’t have money, you don’t marry.
If you don’t have what to eat, it is not a must to go and bring a woman into your home especially when you yourself haven’t eaten. How will you feed the person?
It is about time we tell men this bitter truth.
You live in a single room, and you want to add another wife. Single room with 5 children and you want to add another wife, wallahi Harammu ni meaning it is a sin.
Single room and chamber and hall and you want to add Amaria (new bride)? Come on!
If you get money, you must take them out of the single room first so they get them a befitting place of abode first and foremost so that when there is another money, then you can bring in a new bride.
But to live in a single room with your 5 children and decide to bring an additional wife where you will probably rent another single room for her dirr, Allah won’t forgive you! It is about time, we tell each other the truth.
Some are of the view that, if you don’t have money add another wife. Who said that? They claim it’s an Hadith? That Hadith will be looked out if its appropriate or not.
We are just cheating/ maltreating women by the act of polygamy i.e. just adding on wives. Which is not right.
But there is the right one or the right way. And that one is when the wife and child/ children have been well taken care of and live in a conducive environment .”