Marriage to a cousin (father's brother's child)
Fatwa No: 81612

Question

I would like to have your advice regarding my problem. I have been falling in love with a girl and I am intent on marrying her soon. The problem is, the girl is my cousin (daughter of my uncle). Her father is my father’s brother. Can I marry her based on Islamic law? Your advice is highly appreciated.

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.

It is lawful for you to marry this girl as she is not one of your Mahaarim (i.e. plural of Mahram, who is a person whom one is permanently prohibited from marrying due to suckling, marital, or blood relations) from family lineage, unless both of you suckled from the same breastfeeding mother, in which case, it becomes forbidden for you to marry her.

Allah knows best.

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