Abu Mustafa, 34, a maths teacher, said he had no specific reasons to get married again, but said he did wish to give “dignity” to a widow. Women stay alive,” says the site’s founder, Hashem Sheikha.
His wife’s first husband died during the conflict between Hamas and Israel in 2012. “This is why my project supports polygamy.” Sheikha, a Palestinian born in Saudi Arabia, says the site has led to 160 weddings since it started in March.
The 33-year-old adds and more than half the marriage requests involved men seeking a second or third wife (though not yet a fourth).
“We want to spread joy and connections between people” and help them with “finding love and peace after going through a lot of suffering,” he says.
Her fiancé, Tareq – Sobouh did not want to give his surname, for fear of being criticised for meeting her spouse online – said he wanted a tall, light-skinned woman with religious manners. “Wesal service is the best discovery of my life,” says Sobouh.