Prohibited in Marriage (2)

The last time we treated this topic, we commenced discussions on those prohibited for a Muslimah in Marriage. They cannot marry her even when all other conditions of marriage stipulated in the Shareeah are fulfilled. It was mentioned that these set of people are of two groups - those temporarily prohibited and those permanently prohibited. After having discussed the first set of people we shall discuss here Inshaa Allaah, those permanently prohibited for her in Marriage.

Permanently Prohibited: These are those the Muslim woman is permanently prohibited from marrying and as such, these set of men can travel with her, remain in privacy with her and see from her the part of her that is ordinarily permissible for other Muslim women to see.

This permanent prohibition may result either from:

A. Blood Relationship

B. Marital Relationship or

C. Foster Relationship.

A. Prohibited By Blood Relationship: Allaah says:

"Forbidden to you (for marriage) are: your mothers, your daughters, your sisters, Your fathers sisters, your mothers sisters, your brothers daughters, your sisters daughters "(Q4[Nisaa]:23).

From the verse, it becomes clear that:

1. Her sons (including her grandsons and great grand sons)

2. Her Father (including her grand father and great grand fathers)

3. Her Brother (both full and half brothers)

4. Her Brothers Son (Nephew)(including the grandsons and great grandsons of her brother)

5. Her Sisters Son (including the grandsons and the great grandsons of her sister)

6. Her Fathers Brother (Paternal Uncle) (both full and half brothers including her Mothers Paternal uncle and great grandmothers Paternal Uncle)

7. Her Mothers Brothers(Maternal Uncles) (both full and half brothers including her Mothers Maternal Uncles and grandmothers Maternal Uncles).

Are all forbidden for marriage

B. Prohibited By Marital Relationship About this, Allaah says:

"And marry not women whom your fathers married ... " (Q4 [Nisaa]:22)

 So, a woman married to the father of a man is prohibited from marrying that man forever whether she still remains his wife or not. He also says:

 "(Prohibited for you in marriage are) Your wives mothers, your step-daughters under your guardianship, born of your wives to whom you have gone in - but there is no sin on you (to marry their daughters) if you have not gone in them - the wives of your sons who (spring) from your own loins and two sisters in wedlock at the same time,except for what has already passed ... " (Q4 [Nisaa]:23).

From the verses above, it is prohibited for the Muslimah to marry the following:

1. Her Husbands Son (including the grand sons and the great grandsons). This prohibition occurs as soon as the marriage contract with the woman is executed even if he has not had sexual relations with her.

2. Her Husbands Father (father-in-Law) (and grandfather-in-Law and great grandfather-in-Law). The prohibition is established even if no sexual intercourse has occurred between the woman and her husband.

3. Her Daughters Husband (Son-in-Law) (and grandson-in-Law and great grandson-in-Law). The prohibition occurs as soon as the marriage contract is performed even if no sexual intercourse has occurred between the daughter and her husband.

4. Her Mothers Husband (her step-father) (including the grand mothers husband and the great grand mothers husband).This will take effect if the man has had sexual intercourse with her mother.


This article was culled from the publications of Deen Communication Limited

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