Back in February 22nd, 1985, Mirza Tahir Ahmad did a Q&A session in London wherein he answered a controversial topic. What is really ironic is that Mirza Tahir Ahmad’s (MTA) father was married 7 times. MTA’s father always kept 4 wives after 1928 or so. Mirza Tahir Ahmad and his sisters were raised by his aunties and extended family, and must have suffered through cases of favoritism.
Did Mirza Basheer-uddin Mahmud Ahmad execute justice?
We all know how the Khalifa neglected his wives and children. In fact, he barely played any games with his children or even had food with them. His busy life and schedule were the cause. So where was the justice? In fact, many of his young wives died mysteriously, including the mother of Mirza Tahir Ahmad, who died while he was still a teenager.
In 1992, MTA changed his attitude on this topic
In 1992, MTA and his team wrote a book called “Islam’s Response to Contemporary issues“. In this book, on pages 97-98, MTA writes:
“””To return to polygamy, it is evident from a study of the Holy Quran that a special situation of a post-war period is being discussed. It is a time when a society is left with a large number of orphans and young widows, and the balance of male and female population is severely disturbed. A similar situation prevailed in Germany after the Second World War. Islam not being the predominant religion of Germany, Germany was left with no solution for the problem. The
strictly monogamous teaching of Christianity could offer no relief. As such, the people of Germany had to suffer the consequence of these imbalances. There were a large number of virgins, dejected spinsters and young widows for whom it was impossible to get married.
Germany was not the only country in the vast continent of Europe to experience such social problems of extremely dangerous and gigantic proportions. It was too great a challenge for the post-war Western society to stem the tide and check the growth of moral degradation and promiscuity, which so naturally and exuberantly thrived on the prevailing imbalances.
As can be plainly seen by every unbiased person, the only answer to all such problematic disturbances is to permit men to marry more than once. This is not proposed as a solution to satiate their sensual desires but to meet the genuine requirements of a large number of women. If this very logical and realistic solution is rejected, the only alternative left for society is to rapidly degenerate into a growingly corrupt and permissive society.
Alas! That seems to have been the option taken by the West. When you re-examine more realistically and unemotionally the two attitudes, you cannot fail to notice that it is not a question of equality between men and women but it is simply a choice between
responsibility and irresponsibility.
Islam only permits marriage more than once with the proviso that men accept the challenge of such difficult and specific situations with””””
Links and related Essays
Click to access IslamsResponseToContemporaryIssues.pdf
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