Wherever Islam engages in the slave trade or captures women prisoners of war, Muslims may have sex with them. This lengthy verse says that besides those women whose dower Muhammad paid, he may marry slave-girlsthat is, he may have sex with them.
Muhammads special marriage privileges It seems that Allah gave Muhammad special permission to marry as many women as he desired or take them as slaves or concubines, just as in the pre-Islamic days of ignorance. Maududi references three slave-girls taken during raids, and Mary the Copt, a gift from an Egyptian ruler.
This means that the limit of four wives is artificial.
Men could have sex with as many women as they wanted from among their slaves.
Third, in pre-Islamic days, men could marry as many women as they wanted and "treat them cruelly and unjustly" with impunity. Also, the clause "marry those who have fallen in your possession" means slave-girls who were captured in a war.
The Quran in Sura grants Muhammad wide latitude in his marriages: O Prophet, We have made lawful to you those of your wives, whose dowers you have paid, and those women who come into your possession out of the slave-girls granted by Allah, and the daughters of your paternal uncles and aunts, and of your maternal uncles and aunts, who have migrated with you, and the believing woman who gives herself to the Prophet, if the Prophet may desire her. Second, Muhammad may marry his first cousins, and Maududi cites a case in which this happened. Revelations that sexually benefit a founder of a religious movement raise some concern for objective outsiders to this movement, unless someone has the prior belief that the founder has achieved sinless perfection and can do no wrongeven with this special sexual permission.
Maududi paraphrases the meaning of the clause: "If you need more than one [wife] but are afraid that you might not be able to do justice to your wives from among the free people, you may turn to slave girls because in that case you will be burdened with less responsibilities" (note 6).
This is not surprising, since the slave-girl was sexual property (see Sura ).
The male Muslim scholar lists eight reasons, such as this one: There are some men who may have strong physical desires, for whom one wife is not enough.
If the door is closed to such a man and he is told, you are not allowed more than one wife, this will cause great hardship to him, and his desire may find outlets in forbidden ways.
Arlandson The Quran is allegedly the final Testament to all humankind, so its teaching should spread around the world for the good of humanity.