Coping Essay

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Bismillah Arahman Araheem Contents 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. Forward…………………………………………………………..1 Introduction………………………………………………………3 The Shock………………………………………………………..3 The Depression…………………………………………………..5 Controlling Anger……………………………………………….10 Putting the Pieces Back Together……………………………….13 Seeking Support…………………………………………………17 Coping With a Co-wife………………………………………….20 Effect on Children……………………………………………….25 Pain and Growth…………………………………………………29 Survivors…………………………………………………………31 FORWARD All praise is due to Allah the Most High. May peace and blessings be upon His Prophet, Muhammad. First, I’d like to make it clear that I am no Islamic scholar. I have been a Muslim for over two decades—and I hope my life experiences in trying to please Allah will be of some benefit to my sisters who read this book, insha’Allah. 1 The proper word for a marriage where only the man may marry more than one spouse is polygany. I have chosen to use the word that is most commonly understood for this type of marriage—polygamy--to aid in connotation and smoother flow of reading. To avoid revealing my identity, I will be vague in some forms of information that would otherwise be specific. I’ve been Muslim for over 20 years. I’ve been in polygamy for a majority of those years. My purpose in writing Coping with Polygamy: A First Wife’s Jihad is that I felt it was needed. When my husband took a second wife, words cannot explain the deep hurt, pain, anguish and shame that I felt. Because I felt so ashamed and embarrassed, I was hesitant to discuss with other sisters who were in polygamy the problems I was experiencing. I’m sure there are many other sisters who have found So I wrote this themselves in a situation similar to mine and who feel the same way. book to help sisters who may find themselves struggling in polygamy like me. I feel it important to say that

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