Marriage officials form WhatsApp group to encourage Polygamy

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As-salā­mu ‘alaykum wa-rah­mat­ul­lāhi wa-barakā­tuh

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Recent­ly, news about a What­sApp group of 900 wom­en signed up for polygamy in Saudi Ara­bia has been doing the rounds on the Media. Some of our Mus­lim (Broth­ers and Sis­ters) have also tak­en to for­ward­ing and cir­cu­lat­ing this bit of “infor­ma­tion” to oth­ers. We remind Mus­lims that some in the Media have a clear agen­da to malign Islam and Mus­lims and we request the Ummah to not become a tool in this war of dis­in­for­ma­tion.

Wifaqul Ula­ma would like to urge Mus­lims to be care­ful when send­ing and for­ward­ing infor­ma­tion to oth­ers. The fact that What­sApp has only recent­ly raised the max­i­mum num­ber of par­tic­i­pants in a group to 256 should have raised some con­cerns.

Saudi Ara­bia is an inde­pen­dent sov­er­eign Nation and cit­i­zens of Saudi Ara­bia have the right to for­mu­late laws with­in their bound­aries just like Amer­i­ca, Unit­ed King­dom or France. Polygamy is ille­gal in Unit­ed King­dom but legal in many parts of the world.

Now sit back and read the orig­i­nal sto­ry and notice how it gets embell­ished and sen­sa­tion­al as it trav­eled around the world. We have only list­ed 3 coun­tries but google search reveals that the same news (from Saudi Ara­bia) is report­ed in the most bizarre man­ner around the world. In order to embell­ish the sto­ry, the orig­i­nal source is dropped and more and more sec­ondary sources are used which are already embell­ished.

Before pro­ceed­ing we would like to remind the read­ers that Islam doesn’t per­mit Polygamy but allows polyg­y­ny but for the sake of the arti­cle we will use Polygamy.

Original Story in Saudi Press:

MAKKAH — A cartel of eight mar­riage offi­cials have formed a group on What­sApp to prop­a­gate polygamy as a rem­e­dy to the ris­ing num­ber of the divorced wom­en, wid­ows and spin­sters.

Report­ing the news recent­ly, Makkah dai­ly did not name the mem­bers of the group but said they have estab­lished a cartel under the name “polygamy”.

Mem­bers of the group said they were call­ing on young men mar­ry more than one wife in order to cut down the num­ber of Saudi wom­en with­out part­ners to share their life.

They said they moot­ed the idea after notic­ing the ris­ing rates of divorce in Makkah and decid­ed to encour­age polygamy to get men mar­ry more than one wom­an.

The group col­lect­ed data of about 900 wom­en con­sist­ing of divorcees, wid­ows and wom­en who had nev­er mar­ried before.

They gath­ered enough data about wom­en who would not mind being a sec­ond, third or a fourth wife.

The list con­sist­ed of Saudi, Yemeni, Moroc­can, Syr­i­an, Pales­tini­an, Egyp­tian, Nige­ri­an, Bangladeshi, Chi­ne­se, Pak­istani and wom­en of oth­er nation­al­i­ties.

Some wom­en only gave their nation­al­i­ty or the name of their tribes but they have sub­mit­ted suf­fi­cient infor­ma­tion to enable the mar­riage offi­cials con­tact them eas­i­ly when­ev­er there is an inter­est­ed suit­or.

Accord­ing to the list, the old­est of the wom­en was 55 years old and the youngest 18. Their heights ranged from 140 to 177 cen­time­ters and their weight 45–98 kg.

Some of the wom­en made dif­fi­cult con­di­tions which might not be easy to meet. One of them asked for a dowry of SR60,000 while anoth­er said the man to mar­ry her should have mem­o­rized the entire Qur’an.

The women’s edu­ca­tion­al qual­i­fi­ca­tions var­ied from the master’s degree to high sec­ondary school. One of them has a PhD and is teach­ing in uni­ver­si­ty.

The list also includ­ed wom­en with no edu­ca­tion at all but they did not mind polygamy.

One of the wom­en who applied through the group is a divorcee with eight chil­dren.

The mar­riage offi­cials said they are ready to assist in match­mak­ing free of charge.

Which Religions & Nations Permit Polygamy?

Here is a quick (but not exhaus­tive) list of reli­gions and coun­tries which per­mit polygamy.

Islam

[4:3] And if you fear that you will not deal just­ly with the orphan girls, then mar­ry those that please you of [oth­er] wom­en, two or three or four. But if you fear that you will not be just, then [mar­ry only] one or those your right hand pos­sess­es. That is more suit­able that you may not incline [to injus­tice].

Christianity

Yet the Torah does not out­law polygamy.

In Fun­da­men­tal Lat­ter Day Saints (FLDS), the Prophet is the earth­ly lead­er and medi­a­tor between God and man. Wom­en are on this earth to serve their hus­band and obey the Prophet. If a wom­an does this faith­ful­ly, her hus­band may invite her to join him in the Celes­tial King­dom. A woman’s eter­nal fate depends on keep­ing this Prin­ci­ple.

Judaism

Yet the Torah does not out­law polygamy.

South Africa

Jacob Zuma, the 73-year-old is a proud polyg­a­mist — fol­low­ing a Zulu tra­di­tion — and cur­rent­ly has four wives. He is also known for his infi­deli­ty and has fathered a child with anoth­er wom­an.

Bhutan

Polygamy and polyandry (when a wom­an has more than one hus­band) are sur­pris­ing­ly legal in Bhutan, although they are not com­mon the­se days.

Original Story gets spiced up by Daily Mail (UK):

Saudi mar­riage offi­cials cre­ate a What­sApp group for match­mak­ing men with mul­ti­ple wives and 900 wom­en have already signed up

  • Offi­cials have estab­lished the what­sapp cartel under the name ‘polygamy’
  • They came up with the idea after notic­ing divorce rate in Saudi was increas­ing
  • About 900 wom­en, includ­ing divorcees, wid­ows and spin­sters have signed up

A group of mar­riage offi­cials in Saudi Ara­bia have formed a group on What­sApp to match­make men with mul­ti­ple wives in an attempt to deal with the ‘prob­lem’ of a ris­ing num­ber of divorced wom­en, wid­ows, and spin­sters in the coun­try.

The eight offi­cials have  estab­lished the what­sapp cartel under the name ‘polygamy’.

Mem­bers of the group said they were call­ing on young men to take more than one wife in order to cut down the num­ber of Saudi wom­en with­out part­ners.

Offi­cials report­ed­ly came up with the idea after notic­ing an increase in divorces in the city of Makkah.

About 900 wom­en, includ­ing divorcees, wid­ows and wom­en who had nev­er mar­ried before, put their names for­ward say­ing they would not mind being a sec­ond, third or a fourth wife.

As well as Saudi wom­en, poten­tial brides on the data­base came from Yemen, Moroc­co, Syr­ia, Palestine, Egypt, Nige­ria, Bangladesh, Chi­na, and Pak­istan.

Some of the Saudi wom­en also pro­vid­ed details of the tribes they belonged to, the Saudi Gazette reports.

Accord­ing to the list, the old­est of the wom­en was 55 years old and the youngest 18.

The wom­en have even pro­vid­ed details of their physiques, with heights rang­ing from 4′7″ to 5′10″, and weights between 7st 1lb and 15st 6lb.

The mar­riage offi­cials would then con­tact them when­ev­er there was an inter­est­ed suit­or.

Some of the wom­en had very speci­fic traits they were look­ing for in a new part­ner — one ask for £13,000, while anoth­er said the man to mar­ry her should have mem­o­rized the entire Qur’an.

A third wom­an, who is divorced, said her new hus­band must also accept her eight chil­dren.
Some of the wom­en had just high school edu­ca­tions or no edu­ca­tion at all, while oth­ers had master’s degrees, and one even had a PhD and was teach­ing at a uni­ver­si­ty.

The mar­riage offi­cials said they were offer­ing the match­mak­ing ser­vice free of charge.

Original Story gets spiced up by Daily Mail (UK) and further Masala added in India:

Riyadh: In an attempt to curb the prob­lem of divorced and unmar­ried wom­en in the coun­try, a group of mar­riage offi­cials in Saudi Ara­bia have cre­at­ed a new What­sApp group that facil­i­tates match­mak­ing of men with mul­ti­ple wives.

Accord­ing to a report in the Dai­ly Mail, the offi­cials have cre­at­ed the group under the name ‘Polygamy’.

The cre­ators of the group said that they have been urg­ing men to take more than one wife in order to bring down the num­ber of sin­gle wom­en in the coun­try. The offi­cials also said that Mec­ca was the one of the cities that wit­nessed ris­ing num­ber of divorces.

So far, 900 wom­en, includ­ing divorcees, sin­gle wom­en and wid­ows have signed up for the ini­tia­tive. The­se wom­en said that they did not mind being the sec­ond, third or fourth wife of a man.

Many of those who signed up for the pro­gram hailed from Moroc­co, Yemen, Palestine, Syr­ia, Bangladesh, Chi­na as well as Pak­istan. The­se wom­en pro­vid­ed details about their physique, age, height, weight and even caste and tribe that they belonged to.

The offi­cials also revealed that the old­est wom­an to sign up was around 55 years old while the youngest one was about 18. The also said that they would keep the details of the­se wom­en with them and would con­tact them as soon as they came across a suit­able match.

Mar­riage offi­cials said they offered the­se match­mak­ing ser­vices for free of cost.

Original Story gets spiced up in Australia:

Ris­ing num­ber of spin­sters and divorced wom­en in Saudi Ara­bia leads to polygamy push

A RISING num­ber of sin­gle and divorced wom­en in Saudi Ara­bia has lead a “cartel” of eight mar­riage offi­cials to pro­mote polygamy as the solu­tion to all sin­gle ladies’ prob­lems.

But the mod­ern polyg­a­mist wom­an has high expec­ta­tions, includ­ing demands of a dowry of AU$217,000 and a knowl­edge and mem­o­ry of the entire Qur’an.

The Saudi Gazette reports mem­bers of the cartel were call­ing on young men to “mar­ry more than one wife in order to cut down the num­ber of Saudi wom­en with­out part­ners to share their life”.

The group are using the social media app, What­sapp, to con­nect part­ners under the name “polygamy”. They began the group after notic­ing an increase in divorce and decid­ed polygamy was the answer. The prac­tice is com­mon in the desert coun­try, known as the birth­place of Islam.

The mem­bers, despite being anony­mous, say they are ready to match­make, free of charge.

More than 900 wom­en — divorcees, wid­ows and “spin­sters” — have report­ed­ly signed up, sug­gest­ing they were aggre­able to the idea of becom­ing a sec­ond, third or fourth wife.