Originally posted by Believe
I feel..our whole legal system is a revenge system...
Mohammedans are allowed to marry four wives. In the world there is an equal proportion of men and women. Nw if men are going to marry four wives, then what abut those three men who will remain without wives? And if they start committing rape, is it a crime? Nizam of Hyderabad just forty years before had five hundred wives. And you want to prevent rape? ........
First off, Muslims should not be referred to as Mohammedans, because they do not worship Mohammad. Secondly, the current ration of men to women is one, thereby eliminating the need for polygamy. But the Quran is not based on today's ratio, but rather that of the past, when in fact, women did outnumber men. Thirdly, polygamy does not equate to rape. Neither is it a prevention of any sorts, nor a compensation for rape.
Now, coming back to the big issue of polygamy being permissible in Islam for a man. This is a issue that is raised again and again, striking controversies among the people. What is repeated over and over is that Islam encourages a man to marry multiple times. However, it is not that Islam encourages that, but rather that it allows
Let's look at this from a historical context. When the Quran was first introduced, many of the rich men engaged in several hundred marriages, leading extensive harems and such, without and rules or regulation. The introduction of Islam did not make this permissible, but rather restricted
these men to only four wives, each of which must be treated equally.
Polygamy in the Quran is not something that men are given because they are superior or for them to utilize women as a means of pure enjoyment. Islam compels men to be the caretaker, to lead the household, and to care for the family. In the past, women were not able to support themselves, and in fact, did need a man to support her, and since there were more women then men, it makes sense for a man to be allowed to support more than one woman. Also, the Quran also recognizes each individual's sexual desires, and permits them to be able to fulfill those desires, but only through marriage.
Having said that, times have changed, and therefore the context of these situations has also evolved. The problem is that those who do not really wish to understand the religion will take things out of context and present them in a light that in fact does not make sense or seem appropriate.