Pearl of Wisdom

Dissimulation was established to withhold blood from being shed, so if dissimulation extends to bloodshed then there is no dissimulation. By Allah, if you are called to aid us you would say: 'We will not, rather we will dissimulate', then dissimulation would be more beloved to you than your fathers and mothers, and if the Awaited Saviour was to appear he would not need to ask you for it, and he would uphold the penalty of Allah among those of you who are hypocrites.'

Imam Ja'far ibn Muhammad al-Sadiq [as]
Wasa'il al-Shi'a, v. 11, p. 483, no. 2

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Question : #103 Category: Marriage - Nikkah
Subject: the Prophet and his 9 wives
Question: Is it true that the Prophet had 9 wives at one given time? If so, doesn't this contradict the ruling of only being allowed 4 at one given time?
Answer: Salaam alaykum,

Yes, it is commonly understood that he did have nine wives. This is more than the four which are allotted Islamically. The Prophet did not break any laws, but in this case Allah ordered him to take on more wives.

The majority of his marriages were for political purposes. He would marry a sister and then her entire village would become Muslim. Therefore, at that time it was necessary for the Prophet to marry more than four.

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