Can we have temp wives?
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Concept of Mutah
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Mutah was a term used for a form of temporary marriage prevalent in the Days of Ignorance before Islam, where a man would temporarily contract a woman for a fixed period, fulfil his lust with her, and divorce her at the end of the agreed period without any responsibility towards the woman whatsoever. This mutually agreed period would be at an agreed and negotiated price between the man and the woman, for a fixed period of time which could be for a couple of hours, or days, or weeks, etc. as negotiated.
The society in the Days of Ignorance before Islam had tried to give a legal veil to the abomination of zina and prostitution by various means, and the mutah was one of such veils! Islam removed all such veils from the abomination of zina and declared that the only legal way for a man and woman to enjoy conjugal relationships was for the man and woman to be legally wedded to each other in the nikaah contract, where the man would shoulder the responsibility of a proper marriage. One should note here that it was not Islam who started or initiated this evil concept of muta, but it was a system prevailent in the days of ignorance before Islam. Allah and His Messenger (saws) completely and absolutely abolished and forbade this evil concept of muta for those who sincerely believed in Allah and the Last Day.
Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 5.527 Narrated by Ali bin Abi Talib
On the day of Khaibar, Allah's Messenger (saws) forbade the Mut'a (i.e. temporary marriage), and the eating of donkey-meat.
Beloved brother in Islam, if any fair-minded person just looks at the system of mutah, he would conclude that it is nothing but a manifestation of the abomination of prostitution and nothing else. Which righteous parent or guardian would allow his daughter or sister to temporarily have sex with a man in exchange for a material reward?
Prostitution is described as an act where a woman temporarily engages in sexual activity with a man in return for a negotiated fee. If one asks oneself what is the difference between prostitution and mutah, one would find it extremely difficult to differentiate the two terms!
The concept of muta was and is a shallow attempt of what we recognize today as prostitution; and absolutely all forms of zina and prostitution are forbidden in the deen of Truth called Al-Islam. The believers who sincerely fear Allah and the Last Day must recognize and abstain from this and all forms of indecency and fahisha, and fulfill their needs only through the legal channel and sacred concept of Islamic nikaah.
If one trusts, obeys, and follows the guidance and commands of Allah and His Messenger (saws), one can be assured of never ever being misled; but if one believes, obeys and follows any other guidance, other than that of Allah and His Messenger (saws), one can be assured of being led astray.
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