The Qur’an allows Muslim men to take up to four wives, as well as sex slaves “the captives of the right hand”: “Marry those that please you of women, two or three or four. But if you fear that you will not be just, then one or those your right hand possesses.” (4:3)
That’s the command, but it cannot overrule human nature. Jealousy among wives in polygamous arrangements is common. The Qur’an treats women as commodities; some women are not willing to put up with that. And so this kind of crime is going to be committed, and it demonstrates the inhumanity of the Qur’anic provision.
“Man’s 4th wife sets 3rd wife ablaze, arrested,” TNN, January 8, 2018:
BHOPAL: For refusing to divorce her husband, a woman in Nishatpura was set ablaze by the fourth wife of her spouse. The accused wanted the victim to divorce her husband so that she could live with him.
Nishatpura police have registered a case under sections of attempt to murder. Police have identified the accused as Ayesha and her mother Wasima, while the victim has been identified as Shabnam. Police said that Shabnam and Ayesha are the third and fourth wives respectively of Saleem, a security guard in a housing society.
The incident took place on January 4. Ayesha wanted Shabnam to divorce Saleem; but when she refused, Ayesha and her mother poured kerosene on Shabnam and set her ablaze….