Does the Qur'án enjoin monogamy?


White_Unifier
#1
For the purpose of this thread, I'll refer to Rodwell's translation (an elegant literary translation and among my favourites in English due to its literary elegance in spite of its presenting some anti-Muslim prejudices and the fact that many Muslims reject it) and Pickthall's translation (a pedantically scholarly translation that is popular among English-speaking Muslims).

Qur'án 4:3 states:

'And if ye are apprehensive that ye shall not deal fairly with orphans, then, of other women who seem good in your eyes, marry but two, or three, or four; and if ye still fear that ye shall not act equitably, then one only; or the slaves whom ye have acquired: this will make justice on your part easier.'

Rodwell

'And if ye fear that ye will not deal fairly by the orphans, marry of the women, who seem good to you, two or three or four; and if ye fear that ye cannot do justice (to so many) then one (only) or (the captives) that your right hands possess. Thus it is more likely that ye will not do injustice.'

Pickthall

Qur'án 4:129 states:

'And ye will not have it at all in your power to treat your wives alike, even though you fain would do so; but yield not wholly to disinclination, so that ye leave one of them as it were in suspense; if ye come to an understanding, and fear God, then, verily, God is Forgiving, Merciful;'

Rodwell

'Ye will not be able to deal equally between (your) wives, however much ye wish (to do so). But turn not altogether away (from one), leaving her as in suspense. If ye do good and keep from evil, lo! Allah is ever Forgiving, Merciful.'

Pickthall

I read Qur'án 4:3 as making acting 'equitably' (Rodwell) or doing 'justice' (Pickthall) a prerequisite for taking more than one wife.

Yet I read Qur'án 4:129 as making that prerequisite impossible to fulfil.

It appears to enjoin monogamy while favouring the preservation of an already-established polygamous family.

While I have read some Muslim scholars understand these verses similarly to how I understand them, most seem to downplay Qur'án 4:129 by claiming that fulfilling the prerequisite for polygamy is impossible but just difficult and that consequently the Qur'án does not enjoin monogamy but merely encourages it.

I don't profess Islám myself, but I can still read. And the way I read it, Qu'án 4:129 presents the prerequisite not as difficult to fulfil but as impossible to fulfil.

How can Muslim scholars misunderstand such a simple statement?
 
Tecumsehsbones
#2
Did you eat a lot of paint chips when you were a kid?

I'll tell you once. ALMOST. . . NOBODY. . . FOLLOWS. . . THE. . . TENETS. . . OF. . . THEIR. . . RELIGIONS.

Now, have you got that, or do I have to write it in Braille and shove it up your ass?
 
B00Mer
#3
Quote: Originally Posted by Tecumsehsbones View Post

Did you eat a lot of paint chips when you were a kid?

Lead-based paint no doubt.

That sorta reminds me of a song.

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Tecumsehsbones
#4
Quote: Originally Posted by B00Mer View Post

Lead-based paint no doubt.

Yes, that's implied in the comment for those who are less thick than two planks.
 
White_Unifier
#5
Quote: Originally Posted by Tecumsehsbones View Post

Did you eat a lot of paint chips when you were a kid?

I'll tell you once. ALMOST. . . NOBODY. . . FOLLOWS. . . THE. . . TENETS. . . OF. . . THEIR. . . RELIGIONS.

Now, have you got that, or do I have to write it in Braille and shove it up your ass?

I'll sue you.

First for defamation of character. I never ate paint chips.

Second, for threatening bodily harm.
 
B00Mer
#6
Quote: Originally Posted by Tecumsehsbones View Post

Yes, that's implied in the comment for those who are less thick than two planks.

I was just leading into my song for those to daft to see that.....

You can shove that plank right up your ass T-Bones with the follow brail on it...

⠠⠋⠥⠉⠅ ⠽⠕⠥ ⠁⠎⠎ ⠓⠕⠇⠑
 
White_Unifier
#7
Sandpaper the splinters away first.
 
Johnnny
#8
Quote: Originally Posted by Tecumsehsbones View Post

Did you eat a lot of paint chips when you were a kid?

I'll tell you once. ALMOST. . . NOBODY. . . FOLLOWS. . . THE. . . TENETS. . . OF. . . THEIR. . . RELIGIONS.

Now, have you got that, or do I have to write it in Braille and shove it up your ass?

Imagine what goes through a blind persons mind when they "read" in Braille, "Danger Do Not Touch".
 
B00Mer
#9
Quote: Originally Posted by Johnnny View Post

Imagine what goes through a blind persons mind when they "read" in Braille, "Danger Do Not Touch".

Who cares.
 
White_Unifier
#10
I wonder what selfsame has to say about this.
 
Tecumsehsbones
#11
Quote: Originally Posted by B00Mer View Post

Who cares.

Uh-oh, Boomster's feewings are hurt. Better get a juice box in here!
 
White_Unifier
#12
Quote: Originally Posted by Tecumsehsbones View Post

Uh-oh, Boomster's feewings are hurt. Better get a juice box in here!

Cherry please.
 

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