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Can A Man Marry The Sister Of His Son's Wife? Ruling On Marrying An Uncle's Wife: Grandfather's Daughter Uncle's Wife

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Can a man marry the sister of his son's wife?

Praise be to Allaah.

It is haraam for a man to marry the wife of his son as soon as the son does the marriage contract with her, because Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

"Forbidden to you (for marriage) are: … the wives of your sons who (spring) from your own loins"

[al-Nisa' 4:23].

He may marry the mother of his son's wife, or her sister or her daughter - from a husband other than his son - because Allaah says, after mentioning the women who are forbidden for marriage, (interpretation of the meaning):

"All others are lawful, provided you seek (them in marriage) with Mahr (bridal-money given by the husband to his wife at the time of marriage) from your property, desiring chastity, not committing illegal sexual intercourse"

[al-Nisa' 4:24].

So there is nothing in sharee'ah to prevent the father marrying the sister of his son's wife.

And Allaah knows best.

His grandfather's daughter is also his paternal uncle's wife

Am I classified as a Muhram for the wife of my uncle after being divorced ( she is originally my grand father daughter )
.Jazaka Allahu Khira.


Praise be to Allaah.

Your grandfather's daughter must necessarily be your maternal aunt (khaalah) or paternal aunt (‘ammah). If she is the daughter of your father's father, she is your paternal aunt, and if she is the daughter of your mother's father, then she is your maternal aunt. If she is your aunt, whether the sister of your father or the sister of your mother, then you are a mahram for her, regardless of whether she is married to your uncle or not. It seems from the question that she is the daughter of your maternal grandfather (your mother's father).

Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid

Ruling on marrying an uncle's wife

AS-Salam Alaykum,
Is it permissible for a man to marry his uncle's wife after their divorce? What would his rights be towards the kids, since they are his cousins? Thanking you. Allah's blessing be on you.


Praise be to Allaah.

A man is permitted to marry the wife of his maternal uncle, if they divorce and after she has completed her ‘iddah (waiting-period after divorce). An uncle's wife is not a mahram (close relative to whom marriage is permanently forbidden), so there is nothing wrong with marrying her. But it is forbidden for a man to have any kind of haraam relationship with his uncle's wife. Shaytaan could make something that is bad appear attractive to them, so it is essential to exercise caution. Also, it is not permitted to make her hate her husband so that she will get divorced and one can then marry her. One should try to reconcile and reunite, not destroy and break up. In principle, it is better for the children to stay with their father and mother in one family unit, unless the interests of sharee'ah in this case dictate otherwise. If the worst comes to the worst, and they get divorced, and there is no suspicion about your role in all this, then there is nothing wrong with marrying the woman who has been divorced by your uncle. Your treatment of your uncle's children (your cousins), if they should come under your care, should be fair and proper, based on the ties of kinship between you. If you treat them well, doing so sincerely for the sake of Allaah, then you will have a great reward from Him. And Allaah knows best.

Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid

The wife of your wife's father is not a mahram for you

Is my wifes stepmother my mahrem .

Praise be to Allaah.

The wife of your wife's father is not considered to be a mahram for you, so it would be permissible for you to marry her, because whether or not a person is a mahram can only be proven by a text of sharee'ah, and there is no text to state that this person is a mahram. Rather, when Allaah listed the women who are mahrams, He stated that all others are permissible for marriage. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

"All others are lawful"

[al-Nisa' 4:24]

Not only that, it is also permissible to be married to a woman and her father's ex-wife at the same time, according to the majority of scholars.

Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali said:

Being married to a man's ex-wife and his daughter from another wife at the same time is permissible according to the majority but is makrooh according to some of the salaf.

Jaami' al-‘Uloom wa'l-Hukam, p. 411

Imam al-Shaafa'i said:

If a man is married to the daughter of a man and the ex-wife of her father (at the same time), Abu Haneefah (may Allaah have mercy on him) said that this is permissible, and we heard that ‘Abd-Allaah ibn Ja'far did that.

Al-Shaafa'i (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: There is nothing wrong with being married to a man's ex-wife and his daughter from another wife.

Al-Umm, 7/155

Imam Ibn Hazm said:

It is permissible for a man to be married to a woman and to the ex-wife of her father and the ex-wife of her son and the daughter of her paternal uncle at the same time, because there is no text which states that this is haraam. This is the view of Abu Haneefah, Maalik, al-Shaafa'i and Abu Sulaymaan.

Al-Muhalla, 9/532.

Ibn Qudaamah said:

There is nothing wrong with being married to a woman who was the wife of a man and his daughter from another wife.

Most of the scholars say that it is permissible to be married to a woman and her stepdaughter at the same time. ‘Abd-Allaah ibn Ja'far and Safwaan ibn Umayyah did that. This is the view of all the fuqaha' apart from al-Hasan, ‘Ikrimah and Ibn Abi Layla; it was narrated that they regarded it as makrooh.

Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

"All others are lawful"

[al-Nisa' 4:24]

And because they are not related, they are like two strangers. And because marrying two closely-related women at the same time is forbidden lest there be a severing of family ties between those who are closely related. There is no such relationship between these two, so their case is different from what has been mentioned.

Al-Mughni, 7/98

Based on this, then the wife of your wife's father is not counted as one of your mahrams, rather she is a "stranger" to you, so you may not shake hands with her or be alone with her or travel with her.

And Allaah knows best.

 

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