249. The reason due to which it is not allowed for the captive man that he should get married for as long as he is in the hands of the Polytheists

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حدثنا علي بن أحمد قال: حدثنا محمد بن أبي عبد الله عن محمد بن اسماعيل عن علي بن العباس قال: حدثنا القاسم بن الربيع الصحاف عن محمد بن سنان ان الرضا عليه السلام كتب إليه فيما كتب من جواب مسائله علة تزويج الرجل أربع نسوة وتحرم أن تتزوج المرأة أكثر من واحد لان الرجل إذا تزوج أربع نسوة كان الولد منسوبا إليه والمرأة لو كان لها زوجان أو أكثر من ذلك لم يعرف الولد لمن هو إذ هم المشتركون في نكاحها، وفي ذلك فساد الانساب والمواريث والمعارف.


1. Ali Bin Ahmad narrated to us, from Muhammad Bin Abu Abdullah, from Muhammad Bin Ismail, from Ali Bin Al Abbas, from Al Qasim Al Rabi’e Al Sahaf, (It has been narrated) from Muhammad Bin Sinan that Al-Ridha (a.s.) wrote to him in answer to what he had written to him asking him: ‘The reason for the marrying of the man to four women, and the Prohibition for the woman to marry more than one, is because when the man marries four women, the child born would be linked to him, and if the woman were to have two men, or more than that, the child would not be recognised for whom he it, because there are participants in the marriage, and in that is the spoilage of the lineages and the inheritances and the goodness’.