As polygamous marriage is unlawful in the U.K, Muslims have called on the authorities to legalize it for the large Muslim community in order to safeguard the rights of Muslim wives.
There are over a thousand men living with more than one wife. It has become a phenomenon, a British government spokesperson said [Reviewer: no name mentioned], hinting at Muslim polygamous husbands.
Successive governments in Britain have continuously refused to recognize a second marriage and considered it an unlawful relation as the law only recognizes a one-wife marriage. Although it is illegal, Muslims tend to perform the second marriage at the Ma’zhūn to avoid being watched by the law. This causes a crisis for women who engage in polygamous marriages because they are threatened with losing their economical and social rights if the marriage fails.
“It is a scandal. Wives are forced to engage in unrecognized marriages with no minor rights,” according to a Conservative member of parliament [Reviewer: no name mentioned].
Defending their rights, Muslims of Britain called on the government to recognize polygamous marriage for Muslims as it does not contradict the Islamic Sharī‘ah. Nashwá Ḥusayn, a member of the Human Rights Committee in the Muslim Parliament of Great Britain [Reviewer: an NGO founded in 1992, see: http://www.islamicthought.org/mp-intro.html], stated that recognizing polygamy will act as a shield for Muslim wives if they face trouble within their marriages.