An illegitimate child Is Not Traced To The Adulterer
Fatwa No: 413467

  • Fatwa Date:23-2-2020 - Jumaadaa Al-Aakhir 29, 1441
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Question

I had committed zina when I was young with a Christian woman and had a son. Now he is 10years old. We were not married but I support financially and have communications with my son. My immediate family knows but my relatives dont. What I can do as a muslim to my son? Im not given any decision about my son’s life. His mother is already pregnant again with another man and they’re not married. I want to get my son or let him change to Islam but by law I cant. I want to ask for guidance on what I can do with my situation? I repented but I still feel the sin I have committed everyday and I feel like I am a failure to my illegitimate son and to those people who knows because I cant do anything. Can I introduce my illegitimtae son to my extended family?

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, is His slave and Messenger.

You did well by repenting of Zina (fornication). We ask Allah, The Exalted, to safeguard you for the rest of your life and protect you from temptation. We urge you to beware of all the means that may lead to falling into any unlawful sexual relation, such as looking at what is forbidden, being alone with a marriageable woman, prohibited intermixing with the opposite sex, and the like.

An illegitimate child is not attributable to the male perpetrator of Zina; rather, he is attributed to his mother. So he is not to be traced back to you, and you are not obliged to provide for him. What you did, though, of supporting him financially is commendable because it is considered good-doing; Allah, The Exalted, Says (what means): {…and Allah loves the doers of good.} [Quran 3:134]

If you call him to Islam and strive to guide him to it, then this is among the greatest acts of good-doing and most virtuous deeds that draw you closer to Allah, The Exalted.

In an authentic Hadeeth narrated on the authority of Sahl As-Saa‘idi  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said to ‘Ali  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him before dispatching him to Khaybar: “...Thereafter, invite them to Islam and inform them of their duties towards Allah in Islam. By Allah, if one man is guided through you, it will be better for you than having red camels (a very expensive breed of camels considered the most valuable property in the sight of Arabs).” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

Allah knows best.

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