The Second Marriage of Hamas Prime Minister

The Palestinian Prime Minister of Hamas in Gaza, the leading figure of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas), Ismail Abed Al-Salam Haniyeh (Abu Al-Abed), of ismail-haniyehage 47 years, has married a second wife next to his first wife, his cousin Amal Haniyeh, the daughter of his uncle.

The name of the new wife is not known yet, but it is thought to be the wife of one of his friends who was murdered by the Israelis during “Operation Cast Lead”. The new marriage is a disaster for Amal, his first wife, who gave birth to 13 boys and girl to her husband Ismail Haniyeh. The children of Ismail and Amal Haniyeh are Abed Al-Salam, 28, Hammam, 26, Wisam, 25, Moath, 24, Sana’a, 23 and married, Bothayna, 22 and married, Khawleh, 17, the twins A’ayed Hazem, 15, Amir, 14, Mohammad, 13, Latife, 11, and Sarah, 5.

Amal, or Um Abed, married her cousin Ismail Haniyeh after her father paid the Ismail contribution of the marriage expenses. Ismail Haniyeh is the son of a brother of Amal’s father, who received him in his house and family when the father of Ismail died. Amal grew up together with her cousin Ismail in the house of her father, before marrying. She renounced going to university so that her father could pay for Ismail to attend university, until he received a bachelor’s degree in Arabic.

I doubt that Amal ever thought that her husband and cousin, the orphan who grew up under the protection of her father and who would later become leader of Hamas, would one day marry another wife, in this way betraying her after 30 years of marriage. No woman would like to see a fellow wife with her husband, no woman celebrated the second marriage of her husband, especially if she still healthy, beautiful and lives together with her children and husband.

A woman like Amal must be shocked after her husband married a second wife. This Ismail Haniyehis the normal feeling of a woman who has spent most of her life giving children to her husband, who had sacrificed in her study, beauty, youth and everything in order to give him, Ismail Haniyeh, the chance to attend university and to work on his career. I think that a woman like Amal will be dying of pain after the second marriage of her husband. This feeling is never understood by Muslim men, who just think and understand that they “have the right” to marry 1 to 4 women in Islam. Men who grow up in this culture think of women like shoes: he can wear them and take them off anytime it pleases them.

It is certainly a shame for Amal, for any woman, to be abandoned by her husband at the age of 46, it is demeaning before her children, even if her husband tries treat both women equally as is demanded by Islamic law. Amal, as so many women who have gone through this, will not be satisfied, not at all. No woman likes to have half a man and to see her husband have another woman.

President Abbas, Hanieh, and MeshaalBetween 1999 -2000 I coordinated a documentary film about the second marriage in Islam. It was awful for me to hear what I heard from these Muslim women, who lived with a husband who had another wife.  It was awful to hear the women raising their young children to hate the father. It was awful to hear the child wishing their fathers death. That is the reality of the second marriage. Whatever Islam considers this marriage, from the perspective of a woman it is a disaster and clear violation of her dignity and her human rights.

On the other hand, Palestinian sources confirmed that the Prime Minister and the IsmailMinister of Youth and Sports, Sheikh Ismail Haniyeh, rejected a resolution promoting his son, Abed Al-Salam to the position of a Director of the Office of the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Youth and Sports. According to Palestinian sources close to Prime Minister Haniyeh, people who knew him before he became a minister, Haniyeh is a man of good character, very modest and the politician and academic. Haniyeh was arrested and incarcerated in 1989, and deported to southern Lebanon in 1992 by the Israeli occupation. He entered the election of 2006 for Hamas, and was later appointed as Prime Minister in Gaza.

5 comments to The Second Marriage of Hamas Prime Minister

  • That is the one thing in Islam that makes me think of the passage in the New Testament where Jesus Christ (PBUH) says to the gathered people, when they questioned him on divorce:

    8 He saith to them: Because Moses by reason of the hardness of your heart permitted you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so.

    It seems to me that this is another example of hardness of heart on the part of men.

    The only acceptable manner for men to treat women in is with respect, dignity, gentleness and in the case of marriage, absolute monogamous fidelity and cherishing her from his heart always.


  • Nidal Abed

    Kawthar, you made so many assumptions without knowing what the details surrounding this marriage are. Do you know for example if his wife has not approved the marriage? or as you mentioned he might have found that marrying a widow might be of the best interest for the society. I am not advocating second marriage, especially if there is no need for it. But I see women always make emotional judgements, and assume men are always sex crazy. The coold-blooded cost/benifit risk/reward analysis is not something most women are good at.. and I speak from many many experiences.

    Answer: Nidal, I assume that you would have no objections to your wife marrying another man (or three more) besides you. From the point of view of risk/reward and cost/benefit, after all, it would be better for her to have more men bringing money to the house than just you, and she would not be forced to marry a complete stranger in the case of your demise 🙂

    Or, perhaps, you would have the same feelings as women forced to see their husbands marrying another woman.

    قال تعالى {… فإن خفتم ألا تعدلوا فواحدة } (النساء:3) وفي السورة نفسها في موضع آخر، نقرأ قوله سبحانه: { ولن تستطيعوا أن تعدلوا بين النساء ولو حرصتم }. النساء:129

  • Are we going to discuss religions here? if so, I have something from the bible about the 10 angels not 4 in matthew:25!

    I don’t care if Ismail or anyone else married 4 wives, at least we didn’t find him in a bar with some other women!

    The groom should tell his wife that he will marry another, if she agreed, or she has the right to file divorce and she WILL WIN IT if they both insisted. so “if she want to marry another, hubby shall have the right to also let go with her” sound fair isn’t it?

    Islam is perfect and I guess we should focus on Palestine and Zionists crimes not someone’s private life or religion!

  • Rabbit

    Since it is not my culture or any of my business I have tried to stay away from this issue. I am also somewhat friendly towards the idea of plural marriage but I think it may be intended to be a very rare occurence, because very few men would be of a sufficiently high character to manage the situation and the same also of women.

    This article has made me think about it more from a woman’s point of view, and I am moved. Thank you.

  • The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) allowed only one wife for his son-in law, Ali. After all, Fatima was his daughter.

    Al-Miswar bin Makhrama:
    I heard Allah’s Apostle who was on the pulpit, saying, “Banu Hisham bin Al-Mughira have requested me to allow them to marry their daughter to Ali bin Abu Talib, but I don’t give permission, and will not give permission unless ‘Ali bin Abi Talib divorces my daughter in order to marry their daughter, because Fatima is a part of my body, and I hate what she hates to see, and what hurts her, hurts me.”

    More than that, Sura 4 makes it clear that multiple marriage cannot entail hardship for the wives.

    Even more than that Sura 3 makes these two points absolutely clear:

    This –

    003.006 He it is Who shapes you in the wombs as He pleases. There is no god but He, the Exalted in Might, the Wise.

    To be shaped in the womb by God means that the child is sacred to Him and therefore so is the welfare of the mother.

    And this –

    003.003 It is He Who sent down to thee (step by step), in truth, the Book, confirming what went before it; and He sent down the Law (of Moses) and the Gospel (of Jesus) before this, as a guide to mankind, and He sent down the criterion (of judgement between right and wrong).

    003.004 Then those who reject Faith in the Signs of God will suffer the severest penalty, and God is Exalted in Might, Lord of Retribution.

    003.005 From God, verily nothing is hidden on earth or in the heavens.

    Therefore, since also ‘Isa al-Maseeh (PBUH) is mentioned over 500 times in the Noble Qur’an and Muhammad (PBUH) about 5 or 6 times, then it is obvious the teaching of Jesus Christ in the Injil (Gospel) concerning marriage is pre-eminent.

    First look at the prophets in the Old Testament


    6 ¶ For the Lord hath called thee as a woman forsaken and mourning in spirit, and as a wife cast off from her youth, said thy God.


    14 And you have said: For what cause? Because the Lord hath been witness between thee, and the wife of thy youth, whom thou hast despised: yet she was thy partner, and the wife of thy covenant.
    15 Did not one make her, and she is the residue of his spirit? And what doth one seek, but the seed of God? Keep then your spirit, and despise not the wife of thy youth.

    Then see what Jesus Christ (PBUH) said:

    4 Who (Jesus Christ) answering, said to them: Have ye not read, that he who made man from the beginning, made them male and female? And he said:
    5 For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife, and they two shall be in one flesh.

    It is clear that the full counsel of God says He is pleased with one man and one woman married for life to one another.

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