Two, Three, or Four: Polygamy in Islam

Course Description

" فَانكِحُوا مَا طَابَ لَكُم مِّنَ النِّسَاءِ مَثْنَىٰ وَثُلَاثَ وَرُبَاعَ …"


 “Marry from the women whom you are pleased with; two, three or four…” [Quran 4:3]

Polygamy is among the most common topics by which the Western world continues to malign Islam. Sadly, many Muslims have succumbed to Western propaganda and have become open opponents of polygamy as well.

Consequently, it is time for Muslims to recognize and accept polygamy as a right confirmed by Allah without apologizing or hiding from its existence. In order to successfully defend Islam, Muslims must acquire in-depth knowledge about this subject; its laws, obligations, rules and so on. The question is, how will they do this?

The Islamic Online University presents the course

Two, three or four 

taught by Dr. Bilal Philips, 
co-author of the book “Polygamy in Islam

In this new IOU course, Dr. Bilal Philips will acquaint you with the rationale behind why Islam continues to permit polygamy when most countries in the world have outlawed it. The course will also focus on the rules and regulations governing polygamy for those wishing to understand it better as well as for those considering entering into it.

Backed by the verses of the Quran, authentic Hadeeths and the opinions of Islamic Scholars, join Dr. Bilal Philips as he sheds light on this crucial topic in order and see polygamy in a new light, in shaa Allah.

NoteWe are not suggesting that polygamy become the lifestyle of every Muslim, nor that polygamous relationships are beds of roses. The main purpose of this course is to clarify Western misunderstandings about polygamy in Islam and to familiarize the participants of the course with the true concept of plural marriage in Islam.

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Course Curriculum

Module 1      Introduction!
Module 2  The Institution of Marriage
Module 3  Duties of the Husban & The Wife
Module 4  Introduction to Polygyny
Module 5  Principles of Equality - I
Module 6  Principles of Equality - II
Module 7  Principles of Equality - III
Module 8  A Healthy Polygamous Marriage
Module 9  The Psychology of Polygamy
Module 10  Differences in Nature
Module 11             Timeline to Healing


Dr. Bilal Philips

Dr. Bilal Philips was born in Kingston, Jamaica, but grew up in Toronto, Canada, where he converted to Islam in 1972. He received his B.A. degree from the Islamic University of Medina and his M.A. in ʿAqīdah that is Islamic Theology from the King Saud University in Riyadh. Dr. Bilal has done his Phd from University of Wales. He is also the founder of International Open University.