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Asking for divorce because husband is taking a second wife

Fatwaa ID: 1426

Asalamualaikum mufti saab,

Does a woman get sin for asking her husband for a divorce, if he’s marrying a second time and she’s not happy with that fact?

If so can you please provide me the evidence for it.

In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

At the outset, while a man is permitted to marry up to four wives, he should be considerate of the feelings of his first prior to considering a second. It is not appropriate, ideal nor healthy to marry a second without the pleasure of the first.

Nevertheless, divorce is something reprehensible unless necessary. If a wife asks for a divorce solely because the husband has taken a second wife, then that is unjustified. In a judicial court too, this will not hold valid grounds.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين


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