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Islamic Sharia Laws (19 Dec 2011 NewAgeIslam.Com)


  • Dear Jim Carne,
    Thanks indeed for posting your comment that is pleasing given the paucity of comments. I only hope you read the article. The answer to your question is expounded on the basis of the Qur'an in my following recently published article the caption of which speaks for itself:

    Abolition of slavery, including sex slavery in Islam (the Qur’an).

    The article concludes as follows:

    "It will be therefore be a gross mistake to interpret the verses 23:5/6, 70:29/30 in a gendered manner to sanction unlimited sexual freedom to men-folk with female captives, slaves and their like. Moreover, the Qur’an fully clarifies itself with the progress of the revelation. Thus, as Muhammad Asad observes, quoting al-Razi and al-Tabari, the Qur’an prohibits sexual relation with any woman other than one’ lawful wife [4]. Hence, any notion of slavery and sexual slavery are antithetic to the Qur’anic message."

    kindly do not confuse the Qur'an with the classical sharia law of Islam as expounded in my following article currently in the opening pages of this bulletin:

    What is popularly known as the Sharia Law of Islam is actually the cumulative rulings of Muslim jurists with a tag of Islam, and not any immutable word of God or the laws of the Qur’an. 

    By muhammad yunus - 6/7/2014 8:55:14 PM

  • One wife only, but with how many slave-girls does the Qur'an say he may have sex?
    By Jim Carne - 6/5/2014 11:45:42 AM

  • One can easily say that it is a  propaganda of the communal and fascist forces to dub Muslims as believers in polygamy, but this does not free Muslims from their duty to introspect. Though it is a common perception among Muslims as well that ‘Islam allows up to four marriages’. Yes due to economic constraints, at least in India, not many Muslims can think of going for a second marriage.

    As far as strict conditions for second marriages laid down by Quran are concerned very few Ulema and Mufti’s are familiar with them and eve fewer include this in their discourses. But in the case of a neo rich class of Muslims, more than one Nikah is prevalent. Muftis and Qazis are playing in the hands of this class. I think it is these Ulema, Muftis and Qazis who have to be retrained. Only then  common Muslims and others can be educated into learning that Quranic teachings call for monogamy as the social norm.

    By Sonika Rahman - 12/27/2011 1:13:40 PM

  • @Raihan Nizamiu. Kindly do not dub the article as the 'opion' of this writer. He has simply put the Qur'anic verses and illustrations in a logical frame. If Muslims (the followers of the Prophet Muhammad - PBUH) do not agree, there are surely countless other muslims (in generic sense who believe in the oneness of God and commit themselves to good and lawful deeds and  pursuits) who hold the view expounded in the article. Afterall the Qur'anic paradigms are for all humanity and not for the Muslims alone.
    By muhammad yunus - 12/20/2011 12:22:00 PM

  • @raihan
    I agree, i have not come across many having more than one wife they are from middle class and to the contrary in rich and poor cases.  Rich having more spouse is common across religion but unfortunately it is common in muslim which is a matter of concern. 
    By satwa gunam - 12/20/2011 11:02:45 AM

  • Muslims' practice of monogamy can be witnessed with  just a cursory look in and around our locality, states or countries. You will, hardly, find a man having more than one wife at a time in India, Pakistan or Bangladesh, but in dire need and unavoidable circumstances.  It is evident to some extent in Middle Eastern countries. But there are very few people who would agree with this opinion.

    By Raihan Nezami - 12/19/2011 5:16:38 PM

  • Mr. Yunus wisely concludes that  the Qur’anic message can be interpreted to support monogamy as the social norm.  If instead of wasting our energies in memorizing the Quran we had tried to understand and develop its true message, we would not be in the disarray in which we find ourselves.
    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 12/19/2011 2:20:24 PM