Now, of course, those two extra women may have simply been booty (“ma malakat aymankum”), in which case this Saudi, according to certain Koranic verses (e.g., 4:3), would be exonerated. “Saudi arrested for having six wives,” from the Age.com, July 31:
Police in Saudi Arabia have arrested a man working for the country’s vice squad who is accused of having six wives, two more than allowed under Islamic law.
The 56-year-old Saudi, detained in the south-western province of Jazan near the border with Yemen, is being questioned over charges that he is married to three Saudi and three Yemeni women, Al-Watan newspaper reported.
The man is an employee with the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, or religious police commonly known as the Muttawa, which is in charge of enforcing a strict Islamic moral code in ultra-conservative Saudi Arabia.
He has denied the charge, claiming he has divorced two of his spouses, the newspaper said.
The province’s governor has ordered the formation of a committee to look into the case, Al-Watan said.
Muslim men can keep up to four wives at a time under sharia, or Islamic law, which is applied in oil-rich Saudi Arabia.