What to know We won't try to guess ll of the things that your friend might say, think, or feel about the story of Sarai and Hagar. Instead, it may be sufficient to say that polygamy can be a very loaded topic for many Muslims. For some, the example of Ibrahim might stand out as justification of polygamy; especially among those who see Christian monogamy as condemnation of Islam. For others, this story might stand out as a painful reminder of the experiences of shame, jealousy, bitterness, rejection, and loss that polygamy can bring. Others will focus on the details of Hagar's rejection; believing that she is like a prophet, they might say it's corrupt or dirty for the Bible to speak of her in a negative way. What to say
If your friend wants to discuss the topic of polygamy, pause to read Genesis 2:22, Mark 10:1-12, and Ephesians 5:21-33 together. Talk about the teachings of Jesus about marriage. Be clear in expressing that Jesus's teaching is for a man to have one wife; any deviation from this brings brokenness, grief, and loss. This has been the desire of God since creation, spoken clearly through al-Masih. As always, listen carefully to your friend. Ask thoughtful questions. Be constant in prayer.