Muslai Mohammed, one of the most prominent figures in his village, decided to get married three years after the death of his first wife, who died aged 58.
“I remained alone when my wife died, there was nobody to share anything with. I wanted to have a good time, have some pleasure, but there was nothing. Then God brought her to me and this is for my pleasure. Is that good or bad?,” he said.
Relatives, friends and tribal leaders were at the ceremony, which was also attended by his two teenage grandsons who were getting married at the same time
Muslai’s sons helped their father in choosing the 22-year-old wife.
“I asked them (his sons) to get me married and they did not oppose me. They promised to marry me and they went searching for a wife, then God brought her to me,” he said.
Muna al-Jabouri, his new wife, voiced satisfaction about the marriage, ignoring the age difference.
“I accepted (to marry him) when I saw his pictures and this was my fate and I am open and accepting of this marriage. Dr. Hasan (son of Muslai Mohammed) and some friends came (to ask for my hand).” Asked whether she was satisfied with the matching, she replied, “Thank God, I am very happy and satisfied about the marriage.”
Farmer Muslai raised 18 children with his first late wife, and lives in a house with his large family of some 325 members.
Muslais’s son called polygamy ‘a hobby’. His eldest son , Hasan Muslai said: “The family of Haj Muslai consist of 18 sons and daughters, the exact number of grandchildren and children of Haji (Muslai) is 325. One of the hobbies for my brothers is polygamy, for instance, my brother Muttar Muslai has three wives, my other brother Hussein Muslai is married to two wives, also Eid Muslai has two wives while the others intend to marry again after they sort out themselves to become ready for another marriage, even some of the grandsons of Haji have 2 wives.”
Muslai, who born in 1922, stated that he is ready to get married a third time if someone finds him a new woman