A CASE STUDY OF THE FAMILY LIFE EXPERIENCES ON TA’ADDUD’U ZAWGUIAT (PLURAL MARRIAGES) AMONG MUSLIMS IN SELECTED BARANGAYS OF MIDSAYAP, COTABATOBy: DUBPALEG, TARAHATA K.
Adviser: Julien E. Posas, MAEM and Melody Arandela-Ambangan, MSSW
This study aimed to study the family life of ta’addud’u zawguiat (plural marriages) among Muslims in selected Barangay of Midsayap, Cotabato. Specifically, it sought to describe the key informants in terms of gender, age, occupation, income and educational attainment and to identify their experiences on plural marriages in terms of social, economic, spiritual, emotional and decision-making process.
Key informant interviews were utilized to gather the data which were recorded. These were transcribed and translated from Maguindanaon to the English language.
Findings revealed that in terms of the social aspects, the key informants maintained good relationships manifested by bonding, sharing and talking, and visiting each other’s house. On the other hand, informants also emphasized that such situation emotionally affect the first wives and their children. In the economic aspect, the first family usually gets the biggest share of the income and the first wife is given the duty to divide the income with the other families. In the spiritual aspect, it has been noted that wives of two husbands do not go the Friday prayer together except for the four wives of one husband. As to the emotional aspect, the first wives and their children get more love and affection from the husband; however, they said that they are also emotionally affected by the kind of relationship they are in. lastly, in the aspect of decision-making, the first wives’ decisions are given more weight regarding important matters.
Based on the results, it is concluded that not all ta’addud’u zawguiat practices are in accordance with the provisions of the Holy Qur’an, hence, it is recommended that the Shari’ah Court follow strict implementation of policies regarding approval of plural marriages. Furthermore, concerned agencies should conduct counseling and other psychosocial activities for emotionally affected plural families to improve their well-being.