In this counseling answer:
• What you really need to consider is whether this man really worth this headache.
• You will have to learn how to keep cool and ignore his first wife in order to keep going with your life.
As-Salaam ’Alaikum Sister,
Unfortunately, it is a situation that the solution isn’t in your hands. The first and the second wife do not need to have any type of relationship. Since she is being reluctant to her husband’s decision, it would be better for both of you to avoid any contact. So far, you have nothing to fear; you should just keep a distance from her insults and not answer back as it would bring more problems to the situation.
I understood that you fell emotionally connected to this man; however, there are few things that caught my attention. Firstly, your parents warned you that in the region he is from men are known for not taking care of their wives. What has changed sister? You and your family should look into the evidence that he has ways to take care of you, independent of his promises.
Another thing is unless you testify it, you shouldn’t affirm that his first wife is not being honest; instead, you should ask around your future husband’s family and people close to him how he has treated his first wife and have a better sense of how your life could be. More important than her anger towards you is to find out if she really has something to prove.
Regarding her behavior, it is understandable and expected that the first wife will be jealous of the possibility of a second wife. It is totally normal for her to see you as a threat right now, and you need to keep in mind that it might be a headache for you in this marriage. I want to remind you that even A’ishah was jealous of the Prophet’s (SWT) first wife, despite the fact she was dead:
“I never felt so jealous about any woman as I did for Khadijah, although she had died three years before I married the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him. That was because I heard him mentioning her so often and because his Lord has ordered him to give her glad tidings that she would have a palace in Paradise made of reeds; and also because the Prophet would slaughter a sheep and distribute its meat among her friends.” (Bukhari)
What you really need to consider is whether this man really worth this headache. Ask yourself if his qualities are good enough for you to tolerate his first wife’s moods.
All I read in your question was that you developed feelings for him, but you did not mention his qualities and why you fell in love with him. Is he really incomparable to any other man that has ever shown interest in you? If the answer is yes, sister, you really can’t do much to stop his first wife. You will have to learn how to keep cool and ignore her in order to keep going with your life.
It is very important to talk about your concerns with him as well. He should talk to her and protect you from her abuse.
May Allah (swt) guide you to the right path.
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