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.
In this fatwa:
In his response to your question, Sheikh Ahmad Kutty, a senior lecturer and an Islamic scholar at the Islamic Institute of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, states:
If your wife cannot fulfill her spousal duties towards you, and she has given you a permission to marry another wife, then you can do so.
However, you still owe your first wife maintenance and support as long as she remains married to you.
However, my best advice for both of you is to seek professional marriage counseling; perhaps your wife may be suffering from some emotional issues because of which she is refusing to establish any physical contact.
If that is the case, you need to address it first. If you can get over the problem through counseling and therapy, then that would be the ideal solution than taking a second wife.
I pray to Allah to grant you relief.
Almighty Allah knows best.
Editor’s note: This fatwa is from Ask the Scholar’s archive and was originally published at an earlier date.