Shinta Nuriyah Wahid says Islam teaches monogamy.
Shinta Nuriyah, the wife of former president Abdurrahman Wahid, says that since the time of Muhammad Islam has always taught that monogamy is ideal.
In the Quran it is said that man cannot be fair, so it's clear that the verses in question show that Islam teaches monogamy not polygamy.
(Dalam Al-Quran disebutkan manusia tidak akan mungkin bisa berbuat adil, jadi jelas melalui ayat-ayat tersebut menunjukkan bahwa Islam itu mengajarkan monogami bukan poligami.)
She also told the tale of the Fourth Caliph Ali bin Abi Talib, Muhammad's son-in-law, who was supposed to have asked his father-in-law for permission to take another wife. Muhammad however said no, three times and in public. If Muhammad said it in public then it was something that had become a general rule, she said.
A lot hinged on the meaning of the word "fair", she said. In the Quran there were two words for it, qasata and adala. The former referred to material matters and the latter to immaterial matters such as love, affection, etc. Adala was the word used in the verses on polygamy, she claimed, saying that being fair in matters of the heart was impossible, and the Quran said as much.