The prophet Mohammed’s allowance for males to marry up to 4 females at any given point of time, as per some social scientists was because lots of widows were turning vagrants and hence to avoid that plight. I don’t think that that could have been the sole reason. Spiritually, he probably did not want men to be frustrated by viragoes, nags and other unwholesome women, instead he wanted men to be a satisfied lot. Further a man should not be controlled by any single woman, rather he should be treated as a lord by each woman vying with the rest. Simply put woman worshiping should be shunned by the valiant men. Further, men should be given greater liberty to choose their partners without losing favor of his existing wives. Men should not be made to feel guilty because of women- simple and straight.
September 5, 2008