Condemning Islam about Marriage and Other Issues
Fatwa No: 384100

Question

Fatwa No : 376156.I do not agree with your answer.Islam allows cousin marriage this is a major cause of disablity in the middle east. Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Yeman. Genatic screen has been put in place for cousin couples wanting to marry. Cousin marriage is wrong on so many levels. 1 the couple share 25% of dna with each other which leaves the unborn child at a risk of genatic mutations. Why did Allah and Prophet not know about genatic mutaions?? Cousin marriages cause fitna in the family. Parents fight over which side of the family the child should marry. The mother wants her brother/sisters son/daughter to marrhy and the father wants his brother/sisters son/ daughter to marry. If a divorce takes place they whole family could break up. I strongly feel Islam is wrong in this matter and Hindu/Sikhs right.Islam also allows polygamy. A man can marry 4 women. This also causes issue again Hindus/Sikh allow polygamy.Both Hinduism and Islam allow child marriage. 50 yr old Arab men are marrying 9yr old girls as Islam has NO set age for marriage. In the west and 90% of the world they have an age of concent which is between 16-18 yrs of age. Saudi does not have one. It was on the news that a9 or 10 yr old died giving birth. She bleed to death, is this what Islam is about if so then Long live the west that lets women marry later in life. Drink, Smoke ect. Its only recently that women were allowed to vote in saudi. The west has asked Saudi to left its driving ban on women. How backwards is that??

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah, and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.

If someone is asking to learn something about his religion, he has to be polite in his words. It is strange to consider yourself as a judge on Islam that it is right in such and such matters and wrong in such and such matters. Who are you to take this position of the judge?

Islam is the religion of Allah, the Lord of the Worlds, and it is His straight and sound legislation, none has the right to criticize Him; Allah Says (what means): {And Allah decides; there is no adjuster of His decision. And He is swift in account.} [Quran 13:41]

Therefore, what you said is very serious and you must repent from it or else it is a statement that necessitates disbelief in Allah Almighty, especially that you glorify the west and honor some of the rulings of the Jahiliyyah (Pre-Islamic Era of Ignorance) upon which its system is based. A person who believes in Allah and the Last Day does not do this.

You should know that Allah, Glorified and Exalted be He, knows what is better for His slaves in their religion and their worldly matters, because He is their Creator, so He is the One Who legislates for them. Allah Says (what means): {But no, by your Lord, they will not [truly] believe until they make you, [O Muhammad], judge concerning that over which they dispute among themselves and then find within themselves no discomfort from what you have judged and submit in [full, willing] submission.} [Quran 4:65]

If the Sharee'ah permits something, it is either because of its pure benefit or that its benefit is dominant over its disadvantage. The marriage with relatives is something that is proven with evidence that it is permissible.

Allah Says (what means): {O Prophet, indeed We have made lawful to you your wives to whom you have given their due compensation and those your right hand possesses from what Allah has returned to you [of captives] and the daughters of your paternal uncles and the daughters of your paternal aunts and the daughters of your maternal uncles and the daughters of your maternal aunts who emigrated with you…} [Quran 33:50]

The Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) married Zaynab bint Jahsh, who was the daughter of his paternal aunt, and he married his daughter Fatimah off to his cousin 'Ali ibn Abu Talib  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  them.

The ancestors and Muslims from the past until now continued to marry their relatives, and many researchers stated that the issue of genetic diseases cannot be made a rule and that such diseases may occur and may not occur.

The disadvantages that you have referred to, which may result from marrying relatives may not occur. Even if they happened, then this does not mean that it is forbidden due to that, as there are advantages in this marriage, which we may know and may not know.

Marrying more than one wife is also permissible in Islam, provided its condition is met, which is being just between the wives.

Allah Says (what means): {…then marry those that please you of [other] women, two or three or four. But if you fear that you will not be just, then [marry only] one.} [Quran 33:50]

The matter is as we mentioned in regard to marrying relatives; what includes great benefits cannot be overruled due to some assumed disadvantages.

One of its apparent benefits is that the number of women exceeds the number of men at any time and place, especially at the time of war.

Limiting the marriage to only one woman leads to a large number of women staying without marriage; this causes them embarrassment, hardship and break up, and it may lead them to selling their honor and the spread of Zina (fornication or adultery), and loss of family lineage. There are other benefits in marrying more than one wife; if you look for them you will find them.

With regard to your saying that Islam allows child marriage, then this is a broad term, because marriage includes the contract and consummating the marriage with the wife. The contract with a young girl is permissible as evidenced in the Quran and the Sunnah.

Allah Says (what means): {And those who no longer expect menstruation among your women - if you doubt, then their period is three months, and [also for] those who have not menstruated. And for those who are pregnant, their term is until they give birth. And whoever fears Allah - He will make for him of his matter ease.} [Quran 65:4]

The verse indicated that the waiting period for a young girl is three months, and the Islamic reason for the waiting period is marriage.

It is confirmed that the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) married 'Aa'ishah  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  her when she was six years old and he consummated the marriage with her when she was nine years old. [Al-Bukhaari and Muslim]

However, the husband is not allowed to consummate the marriage with a young wife unless she becomes physically able to have sexual intercourse.

What you have read or heard in the news that a girl died when giving birth because of bleeding, and she was only nine or ten years old, then this news may be true or false. If we presume that it is true, then death due to birth happens to adult and old women. No rational person would say that this necessitates not marrying women, or not having children.

In conclusion, our advice to you is to respect the limits of the wise Sharee’ah of your Lord, and not look to the West or others to find the truth with them. Their societies include backwardness, evil, tribulation, which only Allah knows. They have homosexuality, family and social disintegration, and debauchery; all this despite their claim that they are civilized and developed.

Allah knows best.

Related Fatwa