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Marrying a second wife without the consent of the first


Assalamu Alaikum. I would like to ask the question about having a 2nd wife due to not having a peace of mind with the 1st wife. If the 1st wife do not agree for the husband to have a 2nd wife and threatens to divorce if he proceeds, but the husband and a new lady is in love with each other and wants to marry her as the 2nd wife. What is the solution that can be offered and can the husband marry the 2nd wife without the 1st wife knowing of it, in order to save the family and the children’s future. Thank you.


Waalykum salam

Thank you for your Question.

According to Islamic laws a man can certainly marry a second wife even if the first wife does not approve of it (unless stipulated in the marriage contract); however, as the Qur’an says, taking more than one wife depends upon a husband being equitable between wives.

Ethically,you must make your decision very wisely especially, if it might cost you your first marriage and your children’s future.
it will be wise to let your wife know of your decision.

best wishes,