Meet Jamiylah, a 35-year-old mother of 3 children, and her husband, Khalil, who is 40 years old. They have been married for 10 years in the populated area of Stone Mountain affectionately called 'Little Africa.' Jamiylah converted to Islam at age 15 from a Jehovah Witness lifestyle and Khalil was introduced to Islam by his uncle an Imam of a Masjid (mosque). Khalil recently married Linaa', his second wife who lives just a few blocks down the street from the Jamiylah and Khalil. The couple owns and operates two bakery shops, but Jamiylah is finding it hard to spend time with her children and needing more help with the day-to-day operations of the bakeries. She decided to search for a co-wife, not just for her husband, but a sister and friend to help with the family business.
"I asked my best friend's niece, because I've known her since she was a child and she holds herself to be a very respectable young woman." Linaa', a 28-you-old recent college graduate, was accepting, "We have a lot in common and our families know each other." Weeks later Khalil was told he's getting married. "I was surprised but willing; if it helps with the family structure and she is happy with it first then its okay. I didn't know anything until weeks later, but we know Linaa' which makes it comfortable for everyone," he smiles.
Most families in 'Little Africa' Stone Mountain say Polygamy is good for the social family structure. In urban cities most lack male or father figures in the home from drugs, prison incarceration, and homicides. A woman's children would be considered his children, equally treated, and they would have a father not a step-daddy.
There are more women on the planet then men, for every male child born there is three female born every minute thus a shortage of men the ratio is three to one. Science has shown more male fetus are born with genetic defects causing premature births and a higher number of birth rates in females. Women in Polygamous relationships are and should be treated equal according to your culture or religion. No women or children should have greater or less than the other two, three, or fourth wife. If you can find benefit in it for you and your family then maybe it is for you.