In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
Recently, news about a WhatsApp group of 900 women signed up for polygamy in Saudi Arabia has been doing the rounds on the Media. Some of our Muslim (Brothers and Sisters) have also taken to forwarding and circulating this bit of “information” to others. We remind Muslims that some in the Media have a clear agenda to malign Islam and Muslims and we request the Ummah to not become a tool in this war of disinformation.
Wifaqul Ulama would like to urge Muslims to be careful when sending and forwarding information to others. The fact that WhatsApp has only recently raised the maximum number of participants in a group to 256 should have raised some concerns.
Saudi Arabia is an independent sovereign Nation and citizens of Saudi Arabia have the right to formulate laws within their boundaries just like America, United Kingdom or France. Polygamy is illegal in United Kingdom but legal in many parts of the world.
Now sit back and read the original story and notice how it gets embellished and sensational as it traveled around the world. We have only listed 3 countries but google search reveals that the same news (from Saudi Arabia) is reported in the most bizarre manner around the world. In order to embellish the story, the original source is dropped and more and more secondary sources are used which are already embellished.