How to convince Japanese people about Islam – Part 3

It is common for Japanese people, especially young ones to assume they are not so religious compared to the people in the West or the Middle East.

Therefore, for ones who have less religious encounters, it may be a little difficult for you, as a Muslim to explain why you take certain actions. Below is an explanation you can use to convince curious Japanese people when just saying

“because it is written in the Quran”or“because Allah says so”is not enough.

Acknowledging the notion of how Islam puts an emphasis on modesty and not acting upon desires may let Japanese people smoothly understand certain teachings of Islam.

Last time, we discussed about why Muslims fast. The question this time is…


Why can men marry four wives?

It is true that polygyny is allowed however, people should know that men are allowed to have multiple wives only if they can treat each equally, in terms of time, money and love.

It is universally evident that loving multiple people at once is almost impossible therefore, Islam is actually close to monogamy.

Polygyny was only allowed in ancient times as many Muslim husbands lost their lives in wars so the remaining men had to take care of the widows.

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Hope this article enhances cultural understanding between Japanese people and Muslims!

Please look forward to our upcoming topics 🙂

*The information in this article is based on subjective experience and discussion with several Muslims and Japanese.

The author reserves the right not to be responsible for completeness, topicality, correctness or quality of the information provided.