Riyadh: Prominent Saudi preacher Dr. A'ed al-Qarni has called on men in the kingdom to be "satisfied" with a monogomous marriage and not marry more than one woman.
"I advise men to be content with one wife. If a man wishes to marry more, then God help him. But it is not worth the hassle that will affect both him, and the women he marries", he said while speaking on an MBC talk show this week.
The Sheikh was speaking about the topic despite he himself being polygamous.
Seperately, Qarni called on fellow preachers to stop getting involved in political debates, saying he had "divorced politics", Al Arabiya reported.
Qarni stressed that his mission is to communicate religion through Quranic verses and Hadiths in order to better the lives of individuals.
Islam allows a man to marry more than one woman but this permission comes with strict conditions. Scholars say this is the reason why, unlike propaganda, the practice is not widespread among Muslims.
Saudi Arabia and other Arab states have always been highlighted as 'Hub of Polygamy' - the states where marrying more than one woman is a norm and widespread. Hollywood, Bollywood and other media modes whenever shows an Arab, they show him with more than one wives.
However, a recent survey exposed this myth and concluded that polygamy or marrying more than one woman, which though have been permitted in Islam without any doubt, is not widespread.
"The General Authority of Statistics has revealed that over half a million of Saudis are married to more than one wife", Saudi Gazette reported quoting Makkah newspaper.
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The survey also showed that younger men in the age-group of 15-19 have not been involved in polygamous marriages. But, as age increases rate of polygamous marriages also increases.
"The statistics issued by the authority show that men aged 15-19 have not been involved in polygamous marriages", the reports said.
"The statistics also show that 869 of men aged 20-24 have two wives; 4,941 of those in the age bracket of 25-29 have two wives and 505 of them have more than two wives.
"The statistics also revealed that 18,246 of men aged 30-34 have two wives and 539 of them have more than two wives. About 30,600 of men aged 35-39 have two wives and 2,668 of them have more than two wives", the report said.
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