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Whenever the subject of polygyny, a man having multiple wives, is brought up, people immediately think of sex. Men imagine how it would be to have multiple sex partners and women get upset at the thought of another woman having sex with their husbands. But polygyny is not about the sex, it's about men and women bonding intellectually, emotionally and above all, spiritually. It's about building a meaningful relationship between a man and the women who agree to be part of his family. Today Imam Qazim Ahmed, who curretly has two wives, will discuss what it really takes to maintain good relationships between the men and their wives as we examine polygyny, from the waist up.
We find most people in the Muslim world are becoming more receptive to expanding their families and strengthen their Muslim communities. So why is there more unsuccessful polygamous marriages then successful ones? So burn your favorite incense, make a nice hot cup of tea or coffee and tune in. We want to here from you. Watch us live on You Tube " Muhammad Hard Truth Smith " Polygyny 2015 are you part of the 4 or the 46! You can also call in and listen, give your opinion, or ask A question. (347) 324-3601 or call 1 (855) 968-2756 #5. See you there inshaa Allah!
Families that follow the Islamic religion, the Mormon religion, and certain other religious sects that practice polygyny (a man marrying multiple wives) could conceivably make the case that they have a right to legally do so under the First Amendment guarantee of Freedom of Religion. But the historic battle between the Protestant and Mormon faiths in the early days of American history lead to the banning of this practice, as the Protestants sought dominance over the Mormons and the Mormons allowed polygyny and the Protestants did not. However, what has emerged today is a new set of imigrants and converts to Islam, a religion of which allows polygyny for the purpose of providing support for orphaned children and widowed women. America has allowed same sex marriage. Religious communities have asked, when will America consider the rights of heterosexual women, who greatly outnumber available heterosexual men? Don't they have a right to a legal marriage, if all the consenting adults agree to an arrangement in which a married man may legally marry an additional wife? Would an elected official be willing to put forth legislation to the effect? Would a federal lawsuit need to be filed? Are women who are tired of being single be willing to take the lead in this effort?
Families that follow the Islamic religion, the Mormon religion, and other religious sects that permit men to marry more than one wife could argue that polygyny is a constitutional right guaranteed by the first amendment. But currently it is illegal. What would it take to legalize polygyny? Would families that practice polygyny be willing to file a Federal lawsuit to demand the rights of all wives to be legally recognized? How would women insure all wives in a polygynous family received their share of the social security benefits, pension money, and property left behind after the passing of the husband? How would women uphold each other's rights to be publicly respected as wives?
WORDS MAKE PEOPLE guest on Sunday August 16th is Dr. Debra Majeed of Beloit, WI (Beloit College). Join us from 1-3 p.m. (EST) on Station IWDM. Call in at (714) 816-4673 and press 1 if you desire to ask question or make a BRIEF comment.
In June, the University Press of Florida will released “Polygyny: What It Means When African American Muslim Women Share Their Husbands” by Debra Majeed.
YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS THIS THOUGHT PROVOKING INTERVIEW AND DISCUSSION ON A REAL-LIFE TOPIC.
The publisher’s description follows of this book states:
Debra Majeed sheds light on families whose form and function conflict with U.S. civil law. Polygyny–multiple-wife marriage–has steadily emerged as an alternative to the low numbers of marriageable African American men and the high number of female-led households in black America.
This book features the voices of women who welcome polygyny, oppose it, acquiesce to it, or even negotiate power in its practices. Majeed examines the choices available to African American Muslim women who are considering polygyny or who are living it. She calls attention to the ways in which interpretations of Islam’s primary sources are authorized or legitimated to regulate the rights of Muslim women. Highlighting the legal, emotional, and communal implications of polygyny, Majeed encourages Muslim communities to develop formal measures that ensure the welfare of women and children who are otherwise not recognized by the state.
It seems in today's Islamic society in the West more and more Muslims are participating in an act of worship many others frown upon, POLYGYNY! Tonight In sha Allah, your host Muhammad Hard Truth Smith will dissect the ins and outs on this traditional growing trend. Please tune in tonight and give us your take on this very serious matter, Watch us live on You Tube (Muhammad Hard Truth Smith) or listen live on Blog Talk Radio (Hard Truth0) and/or call the Ask-A-Muslim hot line @ 1 (855)-968-2756 #5 and talk to the host. God Willing we'll see you there.
Whenever the word polygyny is mentioned, immediately questions about multiple sex partners arise. But marriage is about building relationships and in polygynous families, a man has to have the ability to build a meaningful relationship with each wife. This requires maturity, understanding, patience, truthfulness,and a willingness to examine himself and take responsibility to any errors in judgement in order to grow as a man. These are not the attributes of a "player", a "ladies man", some one who has merely mastered the art of manipulating women's emotions. This requires real manhood, a man who knows himself and has mastered himself before seeking to be a partner to a woman, and another woman and maybe even another woman. It really isn't about having the ability to have multiple sex partners, teenage boys are doing that and it doesn't make them men, it makes them emotionally irresponsible boys. It's about building an intellectual, emotional and above all, spiritual relationship with eachwoman.Today's guest, Imam Qazim Ahmed, discusses polygyny, from the waiste up.
Polygyny is the marriage of one man to two or more women. This lifestyle is advocated in Islam as a remedy to wartime conditions when many women were widowed, children were orphaned, and many women were being held as prisoners of war. It was a situation in which men could have taken advantge of the women and engaged in promiscuous behavior. The Holy Quran forbids this, advocating in Sura Al Nisa verse 4 that men marry "two, three, or four" women to help them take care of the orphans. Women in polygynous marriages discuss how they manage to get along despite feelings of jealousy.
This month we will explore the lifestyle of polygyny, simply because many religious communities are already practicing it. In some cases, the women are satisfied and in other cases the women are very angry. The purpose of a family is to create harmony between people. So, we will examine the right ways people practice it, the wrong ways people practice it and the best reasons to expand ones family by marrying additional wives. For those men who are secretly practicing polygyny with women on the side, it's time to stop it. The Holy Quran says one should have NO secret paramours (lovers.) Adultery and polygyny are not the same. Today we'll talk to men who have experienced the lifestyle of polygyny and discuss how one approaches ones wife with this very sensitive topic.
This month we will explore the practice of polygyny, simply because it is already being practiced in a number of religious communities, and in some situations the women are satisfied and in others they are very angry. The obective of any family is to create harmony between people. So we plan to assist in that process by exploring the system of polygyny, the right ways it is practiced, the wrong way it is practiced, and the best reasons to expand one's family and make sure everyone is properly respected. For those men who have been secretly taking on additional "wives" its time to stop the disrepect of all the women involved, and openly acknowlege what you are doing, for the sake of yourselves and the community. If you are seriously considering this option, you need to discuss it with your wife. The Holy Quran states that one should have NO secret paramours (lovers.) So how do you tell your wife? We'll explore this topic with those who already have had the experience.
There are communities in America practicing polygyny, the culture of one man marrying several women. This is not to be confused with men cheating on their wives with secret girlfriends. In polygynous families, the women have a bond of sisterhood and are committed to the family. Some women in western society find this difficult to comprehend. "How can women sharing the same man be friendly towards each other?" they ask. Today we'll talk to some of the women and men in polygynous families and understand the higher spiritual commitment to love, marriage, family, children, and harmony it takes for women to agree to share and to do so without acrimony towards each other. Can a man have two or more wives and be fair to all of them? Can a woman feel secure knowing that her husband loves another woman as much as he loves her? What is the real basis for a harmonious polygynous marriage? What kind of relationship should the women have with each other? How is it possible to love a woman like a sister who is intimate with your husband? There is much more to polygyny than sex. Today's guests discuss polygyny "from the waist up."
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