Weddings would be performed by religious officials or in ceremonies among friends, without official registration.
If the pair is in a committed relationship, “there’s no need for a piece of paper,” he says.
When the Observer first logged on, it looked like a standard online dating site: Women’s profiles, each with a non-identifying username, lined the page; we could filter prospects by age, location, appearance and interests.
He claims the site is especially popular with women and already has over 7,000 members.
Astonishingly, the married businessman claims he will select his next two wives from the new site.
Opinions about polygamy vary wildly in the Muslim world, a 2013 Pew Research study found, with Muslims in Sub-Saharan Africa being the most widely accepting.
Outside of sub-Saharan Africa, however, attitudes are different. “[Polygamy] is not that common in the Muslim world,” Jenny B.
And that, Chaiwala says, includes about 3,600 Canadians as well as thousands of Britons, Americans, Australians and people from the Gulf States.
Canada is now eighth on the country list of responders.
This service is for practising Muslims who are seeking marraige and accept polygamy as lifestyle This is where an individual has more than one spouse and everyone is in agreement. Polygamy is a choice and a way of life for thousands of people worldwide. I feel comfortable as all my pictures are private and users need authorisation before seeing them.
I can also browse profiles for compatibility without revealing myself searching.
I'm quite picky."In the UK, bigamy is illegal and carries a maximum prison sentence of seven years.
But Mr Chaiwala said Islam allows a man to have up to four wives as long as they are in agreement with the arrangement.
Yusuf Khan, a web developer and entrepreneur, launched the UK-based polygamy site three months ago. “The key to online success in 2014 is finding a niche,” Mr. “Being aware of Islam and Polygamy I saw an opportunity so decided to go with it.