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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.
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.
[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].
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.
Yet the Torah does not outlaw polygamy.
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.
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.