Questioner: What premium should be given to the first wife before marrying a second wife?
Dr Sharof: Islaam does not ask you to give her anything. Don’t make things difficult for yourself. Sometimes we put ourselves into unnecessary troubles by promising to buy houses and cars for the first wife. For what reason? Marry a new wife. However, according to the Sharee’ah, it is not obligatory to give the new wife all the gratuities you gave the first wife. This is because they were not married at the same time. Whatever gratuity given to the second wife is to be given to the first wife (so as to be just). So who gains more? It’s the first wife if we really understand Islaam.
[SOURCE: “Question and Answer session of the tape titled, ‘IDILE MUSULUMI’]
Translated by Aboo Aaishah Al Odeomeey