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Polgamy Club Members Launch Obedient Wives Club

Polgamy Club Members Launch Obedient Wives Club

According to Siti Maznah Mohd Taufik, “domestic abuse happens because wives don’t obey their husband’s orders.” The Malaysian Star Online reported today that Global Ikhwan, an organization that grew out of the banned Islamic group Al-Arqam and that also founded the Ikhwan Polygamy club a couple of years ago, is now launching an Obedient Wives Club. According to the Malaysian Star article, Taufik, a spokesperson for the club, believes that “many social ills were caused by disobedient wives who failed to bring joy to their husbands.”

The Telegraph reported that the reason for the Obedient Wives Club is to give women “instruction in how to ‘obey, service and entertain’ their husbands to promote marital harmony and cut the risk that their spouses will stray or misbehave.”

The women who founded this group believe that the ever-increasing divorce rate among Malay Muslims is the result of women not “entertaining their husbands.” They believe that it is critical for women to make themselves sexy for their husbands in the privacy of their own home and that it is their responsibility to provide their husbands with a fulfilling sex life.

Not everyone agreed with their hypothesis, however, especially where polygamy comes into play. The Telegraph article reported that “a study last year by a Muslim activist group found that men in polygamous relationships invariably found it difficult to meet all the needs of their wives and children, which resulted in unhappy families which struggled to make ends meet.” 
Regardless of the reasons for marriages breaking down, a club designed to teach women to be obedient seems to be little more than a way to reinforce the oppression these women are facing. While all parties to a marriage, whether monogamous, polygamous or otherwise need to work at the relationship, simple obedience, with a bit of sexiness sprinkled in, certainly can’t be the secret to happiness.

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5:51PM PDT on Oct 30, 2011

What about husbands bringing joy to their wives?

2:35PM PDT on Jul 30, 2011


And dawn w. "I'm not married,but I believe that husbands and wives should be working together to make each other & themselves happy.Of course,that's how it works in America.This is about a different culture.One that I think is nuts."

"...thats how it works in America". Sure. We are all equal here. No one ever gets hurt, specially not a woman in a relationship with a man. It's just those strange muslim countries where women are treated like objects of ownership. Right...

10:17AM PDT on Jul 30, 2011

This is absurd -- in 2011!!! In the comments, reasons are given why this may or may not work. Who cares? The whole idea is absurd.

2:50PM PDT on Jun 28, 2011


1:16PM PDT on Jun 18, 2011

Marriage should be based on mutual effort. This club may have best intentions, but it leaves most of the effort of maintaining the marriage for women.

2:55AM PDT on Jun 14, 2011

That's controlling behavior. As a former DV crisis counselor, I can smell this a mile away. Even the most obedient, when stuck with an abuser, is going to end up doing "something wrong" in the eyes of the control freak. That will lead to MORE violence, and I sincerely hope more women will divorce because of this.

12:11PM PDT on Jun 11, 2011

HI I think these women are frightened and brainwashed.

7:46PM PDT on Jun 8, 2011

I can't believe this isn't a joke!

1:16PM PDT on Jun 8, 2011

I'm not married,but I believe that husbands and wives should be working together to make each other & themselves happy.Of course,that's how it works in America.This is about a different culture.One that I think is nuts.

6:48AM PDT on Jun 8, 2011

some people are so sick

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