Wa `alaykum as-salamu wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh.
In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.
All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.
2- However, it’s not acceptable for a husband to force two wives to live together in a single apartment that couldn’t secure their privacy.
Answering your question, Dr. Wael Shehab, PhD in Islamic Studies from Al-Azhar University and currently the Imam of the Downtown Toronto Masjid in Canada, states:
In principle, a wife has the right to live in a separate apartment that secures her privacy and an honorable marital life.
It’s the duty of the husband to provide his wife with a living place according to his best means and financial status.
If co-wives are willing to share a family home, it is their decision. However, it’s not acceptable for a husband to force two wives to live together in a single apartment that couldn’t secure their privacy.
Allah Almighty knows best.
Editor’s note: This fatwa is from Ask the Scholar’s archive and was originally published at an earlier date.