The Kufr of Despising Plurality of Marriages
What is the attitude of the Shariah towards a person who despises and criticizes a second, third and fourth Nikah?
Despising or criticizing second, third and fourth marriages is an attitude of kufr. It is the product of westernism and the liberal education of universities. The following is the Fatwa on this question issued by Hadhrat Maulana Rashid Ahmad Gangohi (rahmatullah alayh):
“A person who finds fault with any hukm (law) of Allah Ta`ala or way of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam), considering it to be dishonourable and its upholder to be shameless, is undoubtedly a mal-oon (accursed), an opponent of Allah and a kaafir. He is a murtadd (renegade) and a jahannami (destined for Jahannum).
Inspite of acknowledging polygamy being a hukm of Allah Ta`ala and a Sunnat, he persists in despising this hukm on account of customary practice. This aggravates his kufr and opposition to Allah Ta`ala. He is an unfortunate mal-oon, for he believes his custom (the prevailing attitude of people) is better than the law of Allah Ta`ala. To sever all ties from such a person and to ostracize him are precise acts of the Deen. It is never permissible to maintain family and friendship ties with him. It is imperative to remain aloof from him. Believing him to be the most-hated creature of Allah`s creation. Become his enemy. Never perform Janaazah Salaat for him because he is a kaafir. This is recorded in the Kutub of Hadith, Fiqh and Aqaaid.”
This Fatwa which was ratified and counter-signed by fifty Muftis of Hadhrat Gangohi`s time, is adequate commentary of the Shariah`s attitude towards those who despise and criticize the Qur`aanic permission of polygamy.