Matchmaking services has become pretty popular of late and Muslims have has their own version of halal-dating apps to help the cause. However, there is a new version created in the UK for a “Muslim polygamy matchmaking” service.
The website is known as the ‘Second Wife’, which help married men to find another wife.
The reports say that it already has more than 100,000 users globally, of which more than 25,000 are based in the UK.
Meanwhile, the campaigners have urged the website to be closed for treating women like ‘ornaments’ to be collected.
“The popularity of this site worries me deeply. This site should be outlawed for UK use and follow the law in the UK which does not allow this,” said Jess Phillips, a member of the Women and Equalities Committee.
“Women are not a commodity, they are not domestic slaves. People cannot be collected like ornaments,” Phillips added.
It should be noted that polygamy is illegal in UK and the violators of the law can be imprisoned up to 7 years.
However, these marriages are recognised in most of the Arab countries like Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Lebanon and Jordon among others.
But, the founder Azad Chaiwala said that the website was started in 2014 in response to a personal ‘need’.
He also added that these marriages were better off than the affairs and prostitution.
“We’ve got so many successful marriages and so many women signed up themselves… they are opting to enter this kind of relationship,” he said.
The 34-year-old founder also claimed that polygamy helped build “bigger and better families”.
However, women do not agree with this. Shaista Gohir, of the Muslim Women’s Network, said polygamous marriages usually take place without the wife’s consent.
“What is very concerning is that there will be men exploiting vulnerable women through polygamy. I have heard of situations where men marry women, have sex with them, and move on to the next woman,” Gohir said.
Only very few understand that polygamy in Islam originated to ensure widowed women & their kids are takn care of. Ignorance isn’t bliss.
— olokoba muhammed (@bashidodo) February 17, 2017
The practice is split into two different opinions in the Muslim community itself as most of them don’t follow the conditions to make it legal.
Polygamy for Muslim men is permissible only “if” the man can do all wives justice by treating them equally.
“But if you fear that you will not be just, then [marry only] one,” Surat An-Nisaa states.
The surah then decrees: “You will never be able to be equal between wives, even if you should strive to do so”.
The religion first allowed polygamy for the sake of widows and orphans who had no means of survival.