Membership for SecondWife.com and its sister website Polygamy.com has surpassed 100,000 active users.
“In the last two months, the number of people visiting the Muslim polygamy website SecondWife.com has soared,” founder Azad Chaiwala wrote in a press release. “Meanwhile, its companion site, Polygamy.com, has enjoyed a similar increase in web traffic all thanks to the increasing demand for polygamous relationships.”
Despite receiving heavy backlash since launching his websites, “Chaiwala claims on both of his websites that he does not condone illegal activities.”
“He explains that men choosing to take a second wife can do so through purely religious ceremonies in mosques, churches, synagogues, temples or through any other spiritual institutions,” he wrote Thursday. “In this way, there is no conflict with current UK marriage laws as bigamy has not been committed.”
Chaiwala argues that polygamy is nothing more than an “unconventional marital arrangement becoming common” in Canada, American and the UK, just like gay marriage.
Unlike gay marriage, however, polygamy has long been supported within Islam, and is a fundamental part of the heritage of other religions such as Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism, and Mormonism. Though many have turned their backs on the practice.
“With the way the wind is blowing, it comes as no surprise that SecondWife.com and Polygamy.com are enjoying such success,” wrote in closing.