Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb,the Sunni Islam’s highest authority said that polygamy as an “injustice for women and children”.
He made the comment on his weekly television programme and on Twitter.The Sunni Imam “the lack of understanding of the Koran” pave ways to the polygamy system.
“Those who say that marriage must be polygamous are all wrong,” he said. The Koran, he added, states that for a Muslim man to have multiple wives, he “must obey conditions of fairness – and if there is not fairness it is forbidden to have multiple wives”.
Sheikh al-Tayeb also advocated a broader revamp of the way women’s issues are addressed.”Women represent half of society. If we don’t care for them it’s like walking on one foot only,” he said on Twitter.
Egypt’s National Council for Women welcomed al-Tayeb’s comments.
“Islam honors women, treats them fairly and gives them numerous rights which didn’t exist before,” said Maya Morsi, the council’s chairwoman.
The new comment however, sparked a heated debate on social media, with a major share of scholars supporting the cleric and on the other hand,most of the Salfi people supporting polygamy.