Cairo: Intisar Mohammad, popular actress and TV show host, while advising married Egyptian women to allow their husbands marry more than once in order to avoid “illegitimate relationships", suggested that it is better for men to have second wife than to have a mistress.
Speaking on her show Nafsana on the “Cairo and the People” channel, the actress told audiences that if a woman knows that her husband wants to marry another, she should not object and if they are already married to another woman then they must accept the situation.
In suggestions that it was better for a man to have a second wife than to have a mistress, Intisar further explained that the woman’s acceptance of her husband being married already to another is better than having him get involved in “illegitimate relationships” which would provoke endless problems for the couple.
Under Egyptian law, polygamy is legal and men are allowed by law to marry up to four wives.
Islam allows polygamy, but with strict guidelines and restrictions. This is why it is not a norm in the Muslim societies.
According to the Islamic Sharia, a man can marry with two, three or four women if he wishes so. However, Quran says, if he fears that he would not be able to maintain justice between them then he should marry with just one woman.