‘Fewer Wives’ Urged
“As it has become increasingly difficult to run a family, people should stop practicing polygamy.” Hibatullah Akhundzada, the Afghan Islamic scholar, cleric, and jurist who is the third and current leader of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (Taliban), has come out with this diktat (Fatwa). In the fourth week of May (2022), the Taliban leader asked all the members of Afghanistan-based terror outfit not to marry more than once. Of course, there is no chance of being happy or unhappy with this diktat, as it is the duty of all the members to follow the instruction of their leader. However, the instruction of Akhundzada shall be applicable only for the Taliban fighters, and not for common Afghan men, as of now.
After taking full control of the war-ravaged South Asian nation on August 15, 2021, Taliban fighters were seen entering the palaces and sitting on expensive armchairs with their shoes on. They still carry Kalashnikovs with them. The Taliban fighters are struggling a lot to tackle the ISIS militants, who continue to carry out clandestine attacks in different parts of Afghanistan. In such a situation, many Taliban fighters are getting married one after another in search of peace!
After considering the financial condition of the Taliban fighters, their Supreme Commander has imposed a ban on polygamy. In a statement, the Taliban Supreme Leader has described the practice of polygamy as unreasonable wastage of money. According to political analysts, Akhundzada’s decision is purely economic, and not based on ethics.
The Taliban Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan follows the Sharia Law that allows a man to have up to four wives. Hence, polygamy is a common practice in this country. However, Akhundzada has made it clear that the Taliban fighters could not tie nuptial knots for the second, third or fourth time. He has further instructed the Ministry of Amr-ul-Ma’ruf (Ministry of Enforcement of Virtue and Suppression of Vice) to “identify violators and report to the leadership”.
In a rare first, the Taliban chief has called polygamy “unnecessary and an expensive affair“. According to sources close to the Taliban, their top leadership believes that spending a huge amount of money on wedding ceremonies could lead to criticism from their enemies or from within the group. Interestingly, the majority of the senior Taliban leaders have more than one wife. Even the group’s founder Mullah Mohammad Omar reportedly had at least three wives, and one of them was the daughter of al-Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden.
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