By PEte Evans
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That said, she says she stayed to retain a stable environment for her children, out of her love for her husband, and because she believed, as her husband did, that polygyny is the “straight path” Allah called them to travel. Even as she and Abdul Hameed struggled financially and personally and she and Salimah wrestled with the possibility that their husband would choose a third wife, Nissa remained convinced that they had made great strides individually and collectively in their journey to live polygyny.
Their motivations range from preference for independence rather than full-time responsibility for husbands to acceptance of polygyny so that other needs of their husbands may be met. Like those who live polygyny of liberation, women of choice unquestioningly accept the Qur'an’s discourse on the permissibility of multiple-wife marriage but without the explicit conditions.
Mohammed, who routinely reminded men of the difficulty of taking care of one wife, not to mention multiple wives. As our dialogue will make clear, where female power and moral agency are acknowledged and embraced, misuses of polygyny are less frequent and less toxic. In fact, the decisions women make to either enter into or remain in marriages with polygynous men often inadvertently reproduce the injustices they seek to avoid, such as a lack of maintenance, absence of public recognition as married women and the accompanying rights such recognition affords, unpaid mahr, and unequal treatment from their husbands.
Blues Power by PEte Evans