Can a Muslim Man Have up to Four Wives?

According to Islamic law, Muslim men are allowed to marry up to four wives at a time provided that they can treat each wife fairly and equally in terms of financial support, love, and care. This practice is known as polygamy and is often misunderstood by non-Muslims. However, Islam emphasizes the importance of treating all wives with equal care and affection, which includes providing them with adequate food, clothing, and shelter along with dividing his time among them fairly. 

Polygamy is not a requirement for Muslims nor is it encouraged if one cannot fulfill the responsibilities of marriage towards more than one wife. It should be stated that many Muslim countries have banned this practice since it has been subject to abuse in some cases. Some men use it as an excuse for coercive control over their wives rather than building respectful relationships based on love and mutual consent.