The Muslim Rights Concern, MURIC, group has backed the statement credited to the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, calling for a law to regulate marriage to second wives.
According to reports, the Emir on Monday claimed that the State Government was preparing a law to make it mandatory for men seeking to marry second wives to satisfy certain conditions.
A statement issued on Wednesday by MURIC’s Director, Ishaq Akintola, said the move was in conformity with the provisions on marriage as contained in the Holy Qur’an.
MURIC stated that although Islam allows a man to marry up to four wives, the permission was meant to provide security for widows and other unmarried women.
“It is an open secret that women outnumber men in all parts of the world.
“Islam therefore permits men to marry more than one wife in order to provide shelter and welfare for those women who would have been left single.
“In the first instance, the Qur’an enjoins those who do not have the capacity to maintain even a single wife to abstain from marriage until they can become economically strong enough.
“The Qur’an also allows a man who already has one wife to take a second woman, a third or even a fourth but with the condition that such a man must have sufficient means to care for them all,” the group enthused.
“This becomes necessary in view of the fact that many Muslims misinterpret the Quran by marrying more than one wife when in reality they cannot even maintain one wife comfortably.
“The result is the production of children who end up as social miscreants.”
MURIC therefore, commended the vision and courage of the Emir of Kano as well as the forthrightness of the Kano State government for evolving “this great idea.”
The group called on other states which have Muslim majority population to emulate the policy, as it is capable of reducing poverty, raising standard of living and increasing the number of literate citizens.