While the writer of this essay was reviewing recently the entries of the "Traffic Resources" of the readership of this website, world wide, one particular entry had asked the following question :
Was there polygamy in Arabia before the Appearance of Islam ?
The answer to the above question is a BIG YES.
In fact, polygamy was very rampant in Arabia before the appearance of Islam. A man could marry as many wives as he could afford to support. It was even socially acceptable, if not normal , for a husband to have as many as 30 wives. Yes, you just have read it correctly : 30 wives. Unreal ! Is not it?
Something Is Worth Remembering :
One of the great achievements of Islam has been the fact that it has reformed the social order or disorder of Arabia by providing strict instructions to its adherents to limit the number of wives a man can marry is four, with the following tough condition or requirement : If a man cannot treat all four wives equally, ( humanly an impossible task ), such a man must not marry four wives, but only one.
Since it is humanly impossible to treat all four wives in equal fairness and justice, the vast majority of the Muslim men of the Twenty First Century restrict themselves to marrying only one wife.
To understand more fully the answer to the question, " was there in Arabia polygamy before the appearance of Islam ? ", it is highly recommended to read the following essay published on this website :
(12) The Status Of Women In Islam ,dated May 20,2011.
It is number (12) of a series of 14 different topics about Islam.
In order to get topic number (12), just keep clicking at the bottom of the newer essays ,the label which says "Older Post".