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Christian Man Has 39 Wives…What if he were Muslim?

24 February 2011 9 Comments Email This Post Email This Post

Christian Man Has 39 Wives…What if he were Muslim?

A 66 year old man in Guwahati, India has 39 wives, 94 children, and 33 grandchildren…and he’s not done yet! According to Reuters [emphasis added]:

The more, the merrier is certainly true for Ziona Chana, a 66-year-old man in India’s remote northeast who has 39 wives, 94 children and 33 grandchildren — and wouldn’t mind having more.

They all live in a four storied building with 100 rooms in a mountainous village inMizoram state, sharing borders with Myanmar and Bangladesh, media reports said.

“I once married 10 women in one year,” he was quoted as saying.

His wives share a dormitory near Ziona’s private bedroom and locals said he likes to have seven or eight of them by his side at all times.

The sons and their wives, and all their children, live in different rooms in the same building, but share a common kitchen.

The wives take turns cooking, while his daughters clean the house and do washing. The men do outdoor jobs like farming and taking care of livestock.

The family, all 167 of them, consumes around 91 kg (200 pounds) of rice and more than 59 kg (130 pounds) of potatoes a day. They are supported by their own resources and occasional donations from followers.

“Even today, I am ready to expand my family and willing to go to any extent to marry,” Ziona said.

“I have so many people to care (for) and look after, and I consider myself a lucky man.”

Ziona met his oldest wife, who is three years older than he is, when he was 17.

He heads a local Christian religious sect, called the “Chana,” which allows polygamy. Formed in June 1942, the sect believes it will soon be ruling the world with Christ and has a membership of around 400 families.

What if he were Muslim? What if this was some Bedouin in Saudi Arabia? The Islamophobes would be all over it, claiming Islam takes away women’s rights, treats women as chattel, etc. etc. Indeed, some Muslims do just that. But, their crimes cannot be projected upon Islam. Polygamy is found in every culture and every religious tradition. But Islam-haters like “Police Blotter Bob” Spencer would never tell you that…


  1. Can you stop being a butthurt reactionary?

    All of your “What if this was…” questions are just plain annoying. You’re making pointless assumptions. What if? Well gee, I don’t know what if. I really don’t care about what if’s. They’re annoying as hell, because they point to a reality that’s non-existent. What if The Soviets launched a Nuke at Florida? What if The Communist party of China lost to the Kuomintang? NO ONE KNOWS. So stop bitching already.

    Anyway, Polygamy is wrong, no matter who practices it. I don’t care what God you praise or what color your skin is, or what tribe you come from. One Spouse Only, please. You want to have an open relationship? Fine. But you don’t need to marry (x number of) people, and you don’t need any more than three kids (unless they were born quadruples/sextuplets/etc). They’re just a strain on the taxpayers of the country you hail from. Be responsible, and just stop having sex to procreate. Get a vasectomy, if you really must continue doing it.

    The world doesn’t need any more overpopulation and financial strain.

  2. Shane,

    The purpose of these articles is to point out double standards in the way Islamophobes describe Islam. They provide important counter examples to Islamophobic myths. If you are annoyed by the articles, you can choose not to read. Honestly, of the two of you, you sound like the one “bitching,” not the author. If you are to comment, please contribute something positive rather than venting your anger.


  3. Evidently he is not a drain on the country’s government. They support themselves mostly from their work and donations to his sect. If their system works for them, so be it. However, I don’t know if I could get along with 98 other wives, one or two maybe.

  4. Defend the Prophet:

    Shane knows that. He (or she) is just pissed that there are examples of non-Muslim polygamy….and the author of this article’s calling out their double standard. He not being attacked for his polygamy like they would if he was a Muslim.

    Where IS Robot Spencer? How about Pam Gaffler….or any of the litany of Islamaphobes who love to assault and insult and lie about Islam who wouldn’t have jumped all over this man IF HE WAS A MUSLIM??!!

  5. I wonder how many of the wives are widows or from abusive situation.
    He seem to keep them all happy and they provide for themselvs.
    Islam say only 4 wives at a time, and if you only would have just one. Most of the 2nd wives are older, widows or abusive former marriages.
    Interesting…very interesting.
    I’d have to be 1st wife…she holds the keys to authority…
    Wish them a long full live as a family.

  6. its good to see he has the freedom to engage in concenting relations in the maner in which he chooses. polygamy and polyandry should be allowed in all cultures and religions. the irony here is that if he were a muslim he would be limited to 4 wives by “god’s divine writ”. my understanding of islam is that fornacation is also outlawed by “god’s divine writ”. there is apearently little freedom within islam? also the author says that “Polygamy is found in every culture and every religious tradition.” i greatly doubt that. i would not claim to know all of the worlds cultures or religions but i would bet some do not engage in polygamy. the shakers didn’t even have sex. the fact that polyandry exists is evidence to the contrary of such a claim.

  7. When we are discussing the polygamy ,I think it’s a useless approach to argue someone who basically doesn’t believe in God and His Messengers. But to those who do believe ,it will be acceptable that Allah who created human beings is the one who surely knows what is good and suitable to them.So if we look at the benefits of polygamy ( under strict terms of the husband ‘s ability of being just and fair concerning expenditure,dwelling, and the similar materialistic affairs).Have you asked women in a referendum ;what would each woman prefer do ?Being a spinster for the rest of her life ,or accepting willingly to be a second wife to a man who will provide her with his physical power,to be honored when keeping loyal to her husband as he should be to her ,to inherit him after his death with a determined fraction of his wealth , to give birth to children who are proud to be sons and daughters of a legal relation and not of adultry.Have you asked women if they really want to enjoy raising their children in their laps or to let foreign baby setters do that humanitarian task instead ?

  8. armomen, that would be an interesting survey. but i don’t think you would get the results you are looking for, at least not in america and most of the “west”. i think you my be projecting your cultural sensibilities into the picture. in america there is no longer a stigma put on bastard children. children would be more ashamed to be in a plural marriage family then to be born to a single mother out of wedlock. infact many american women announce themselves as single mothers with pride. your spinster choice is a false one give the demographics in america at least, well not for senior citizens but how many 65 year women are worried about raising children. but maybe they do need a man around for his “physical power” to open jars and get things off the top self.
    sex ratio:
    at birth: 1.047 male(s)/female
    under 15 years: 1.04 male(s)/female
    15-64 years: 1 male(s)/female
    65 years and over: 0.75 male(s)/female
    total population: 0.97 male(s)/female (2010 est.)

  9. hes living a life style that seems so wrong to shane yet it works. for all the people who today have 1 wife and have kids this man is living better than then them. And better than 99% of america . people with less than a 1/10 of his household have a hard time struggling to survive . He just has the lifestyle farmer had 150 years ago .The more family around the less work needs to be done sure they eat alot but they support themselves and i must say 99% of adults today would love to be able to have multiple partner when ever they wanted sex like this man has. And its not like he isnt takeing care of his family hes more responsible than 90% of adults now , just by the fact he takes care of all his children.

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