Shi’ite Muslims believe in the practice of “temporary marriage” (mut`ah), in which a man can tell a woman he marries her, constituting a valid Muslim wedding, have sex with her, and then say he divorces her, constituting a valid Muslim divorce. It is the legalist’s dream, a way of having one-night stands or indulging in prostitution (a “dowry” is required) while still considering oneself righteous. A Muslim group, the MahdiUniteMuslims (MUM), is pushing the practice as the ultimate mosque-growth technique, the way Islam will ultimately convert America. Timothy Furnish reports on the history of mut’ah and quotes from a mosque-growth advocate:
For the past few weeks MUM — which is dedicated to uniting the Islamic world through belief in the Mahdi, the “rightly-guided one” of Islamic traditions who will create a global caliphate — has hosted a discussion about mut`ah, Shi`i temporary marriage, the “secret weapon that will convert the West to Islam in the later days before the advent of Imam al Mahdi” . . . .
And since “the craze about sex today is through the roof” (hard to argue there), mut`ah is not just man-made but “a divine plan,” for “when non-Muslim men learn that they can honorably have more women,” they “will flock to Shi`ah Islam. Sorry for the expression but Allah made women the bait” . . . . “When so many non-Muslim men come to Shi`ah Islam this will cause non-Muslim women to come to Shi`ah Islam too because an honorable and equitable polygynous mut`ah is better than being unmarried or just having flings with bad men, right?” Bottom-line: “This will cause a chain reaction of conversion to Islam from all corners. Even Sunnis will come to Shi`ah Islam because they want women.” In conclusion, this future editor of the Muslim Maxim pleads, “please do not hate mut`ah anymore. There is a reason for it. It is the secret weapon of the last days to bring the world to Shi`ah Islam.”
Can there be any doubt but that he is right? It would offer the religion people in our culture is yearning for, one that is BOTH permissive AND legalistic, allowing a person to be BOTH sinful AND self-righteous. Think of the felt needs this would tap into! We will soon be entering the age of the mega-mosque.