A Muslim entrepreneur has created a dating website to help members find a second wife. The website shockingly already has 35,000 members signed up, mostly from the Midlands.
Azad Chaiwala, 33, created the website SecondWife.com, aimed at Muslims who want to find another partner.
Though Bigamy is illegal in Britain and carries a potential seven years in jail for anyone caught committing the crime, Mr Chaiwala stressed he is not promoting a criminal act on his websites because his religion allows a man to have up to four wives as long as they agree are are happy with the arrangements.
The loophole he uses to avoid breaking the law is to get married in a civil-style ceremony in a Mosque rather then through a legal service.
Mr Chaiwala, said: ‘This is my wedding, I do not need to have a piece of paper. Is it illegal to have a mistress?’
He added: ‘People go to a nightclub and have a one-night stand and that’s the end of it. Men go with prostitutes; people look for swingers’ clubs.
‘A man wants to get married to multiple partners in an honourable manner, he wants to share his love and resources – why do you have an issue with that?
‘It is not for everyone – some men are not physically, or financially, capable of taking care of other women.’
But many have come out blasting Mr Chaiwala as ‘stupid’ and ‘disrespectful’.
MP Khalid Mahmood said: ‘It puts a person in huge peril because they are not allowed to claim, as a partner, on his estate. It is not acceptable and puts individuals very much at risk, it puts them at a huge disadvantage.
‘They think they are doing the right thing, but it does put them at risk in terms of the financial situation.’
Councillor for Washwood Heath, Birmingham, said: ‘It is the women who suffer.’
But Mr Chaiwala fired back saying polygamy is getting more popular than it has ever been.
He intends to find two more partners for himself using his website but admits his wife has concerns.
He said: ‘There is not a woman on earth who would be totally comfortable with it,’ he said. ‘Even the Prophet Muhammad’s wives showed signs of jealousy. I’m quite picky.’
He also went to say: ‘Two hundred years ago, there were British viceroys who had seven or eight wives.
‘Islam puts a limit on the number of wives, while with other religions there is no limit. If it is good for me and acceptable in the eyes of God, it must be fine.’
‘Polygamy is still a taboo. How many have the guts to say, ‘I want to partake in it’?
‘But if people do want to partake in it, I am giving them that service.’
‘Those who protest about what I’m doing are mistaken. It’s hypocritical to say it’s wrong.
‘I am not saying I hate women, I am saying, ‘Love women, provide for them, be faithful to them’.
‘I am saying, ‘Be a good husband, be a caring husband’. ‘