I have heard so many people who talk about the fact that guys can marry four women if they want no matter what. Though have they thought whether Islam have put any conditions to it? If you look up Surah Nisa, Allah says in ayat 3:
If ye fear that ye shall not be able to deal justly with the orphans(1), marry women of your choice, two, three or four (2): But if ye feel that ye may not be able to deal justly with them, then only one, or a captive that your right hand possess. That will be more suitable to prevent you from doing injustice. (Quran 4:3).
Note 1: notice the conditional clause about orphans, introducing the rule about marriage. Marry the orphans if you are quite sure that you will in that way protect their interest or their property.
Note 2: The unrestricted number of wives of the times of ignorance was now strictly limited to maximum four, provided that you could deal justly with them.
This means that the condition to more than one woman must be that she is a widow and has orphan kids that you want to help and since this was in the time of when the muslims died in wars there were many orphans and widows at that time. It is important that we don`t forget the conditions about being equal between the wifes either. I mean in today’s society when we can`t even be equal to our kids, how can the men be equal to more than one wife, it`s impossible.
So I believe both of the condition is quite difficult to fulfil, is it then actually really allowed to marry four wives then? Nope 😀
Two wives or one? Think about all the quarelling, not a nice picture! Our Propeth (pbuh) had a lot of difficulties because of having more than one wives, even he (pbuh) secluded himself from them for a month. Not to speak about the jealousy and rivalry there was between the wives. Polygamy can be the killer of happiness, and can destroy the peaceful environment of a happy home.