Does the Quran Limit Muslims to Four Wives? David Wood vs. Shabir Ally
According to standard interpretations of the Qur’an, Muslim men are allowed to have up to four wives (see Qur’an 4:3). However, Muslim sources such as Sahih al-Bukhari, the History of al-Tabari, etc., report that Muhammad had at least nine wives at one time. The most common Islamic response to this inconsistency is to note that Qur’an 33:50 gave Muhammad special permission to have as many wives as he wanted. If this is true, however, it seems that the Qur’an gave Muhammad special moral privileges. Is this the case? In this video, David Wood and Shabir Ally discuss whether the Qur’an limits Muslims to four wives. David Wood assumes the typical Muslim view, while Shabir Ally claims that the Qur’an doesn’t actually limit Muslims to four wives.


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