- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 25, 2016

The founder of a polygamy website for British Muslims has released a press release touting its quick rise to 100,000 members.

Azad Chaiwala of SecondWife.com and its sister website Polygamy.com claims the two have reached the milestone in less than three months. He says the venture will officially be considered a success once 1 million members join.

“The tabloids […] ignore the undeniable successes of these websites and instead prefer to gorge themselves on controversial news stories, notwithstanding that polygamy is now becoming increasingly accepted outside of Islam, and is gaining validity as an alternative lifestyle for men and women dissatisfied with more conventional marital arrangements,” a press release for Polygamy.com read on Wednesday. “Gay marriage is one instance of an unconventional marital arrangement becoming common currently within Canada, the US, and the UK etc. Leading polygamy commentators, including Azad, call for the same rights for polygamists.”

Mr. Chaiwala countered critics earlier this summer when he asked the Daily Mail why anyone should protest “a man [who] wants to get married to multiple partners in an honorable manner.”

“Why do you have an issue with that?” he asked June 19.

What remains unclear at the moment, however, is how high the ceiling is for the  businessman’s websites. A Times of London report issued last summer said 100,000 thousand sharia marriages have already formed within the U.K.

Aina Khan, a leading Islamic lawyer, told the newspaper on July 3, 2015, that “secret polygamy” was on the rise.

“There has been a huge rise in recent years because people can have a secret nikah [Islamic marriage] and no one will know about it,” he said.

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