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Egyptian Mona Aboshanab, a woman who recently launched a pro-polygamy campaign in Egypt, sparked outrage after she attacked Tunisia's ban on polygamous marriages

In a now-viral live session she shared on her Facebook page last week, Aboshanab claimed she respects Tunisians, but then launched an angry tirade accusing them of 'going against Islam'.

"This anti-polygamy law goes against Islam and was imposed by your own enemy - the French colonizers," she said. 

"There are 3 million spinsters in Tunisia, in addition to women who are divorced or widowed, I want to ask you all, where do all these women go?" she added.

Aboshanab didn't stop here, she also went on to explain that God will punish Tunisians who have accepted the anti-polygamy law. 

"A law that you label progressive and liberating for women, is one that allows married men to have affairs but not legally take a second or third wife, it just doesn't make sense. God is going to severely punish you over this. Fear God and do something about this law before it's too late," she said.

Tunisians outraged over the statements

Soon after her statements went viral, they sparked outrage in Tunisia. 

Even though a few weren't against her comments

"I am Tunisian and I am proud of you Ms. Mona. In our country divorce rates are soaring due to this ignorant new mentality that women have developed. Most reject polygamy because they aren't true Muslims."

The majority of people were just not having it

"I think there are more important issues to discuss in Egypt and the rest of the world. Leave our country alone." 

"We don't need your advice"

"We don't need your advice. Tunisian women can perfectly handle themselves in all situations, and our men don't need your pity because the majority in our country are against polygamy. If Egyptian men want to marry five or six wives, defend their right to do that." 

Many raised this important point

"It's true that God allowed for polygamy in Islam, but it is only permissible under specific conditions. God also conditioned that a man treats all his wives equally,  then stated that they won't be able to do that."

This point was shared by several social media users who highlighted the fact that Islam first allowed polygamy for the sake of widows and orphans who have no means of survival.

The only Quranic verse that speaks about polygamy is believed to have been revealed after the Battle of Uhud, which led to the death of many Muslim men who left behind families in need of support.

The Quran clearly states that a man can only marry more than one woman if he treats her and all his other wives "equally".

"But if you fear that you will not be just, then [marry only] one," Surat An-Nisaa states.

The surah then declares: "You will never be able to be equal between wives, even if you should strive to do so". 

This makes Islam-approved polygamy near impossible to attain, even when conditions for it apply.  

Tunisia is considered a pioneer in women's rights across the Arab world

Tunisia has long been hailed for leading the Arab world in terms of women's rights. 

The country's current personal status code, which was introduced in 1956 is considered to be one of the most progressive in the region. 

Under it, polygamy is outlawed and a woman's consent is a pre-requirement for marriage.

The code also gives women the right "to vote and to be elected to parliament, to earn equal wages to men and to divorce."

In recent years, the country continued to uphold its reputation for being one of the best in the region when it comes to women's rights. 

Earlier this year, Tunisia passed laws that protect women from violence and in September, the country issued an order that allows Muslim women to marry outside their religion.