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Question By : Mohd. Afzal Shams

Dear Br. in Islam,

Assalamu Alaikum,

Please confirm if my understanding is correct.

A Muslim cannot have wives at the same time who are sisters or aunt and
niece. After death of the wife or divorce he can marry the wife's sister.
Can he also after death or divorce of the wife marry her aunt or her niece?

Yours truly,

Mohd. Afzal Shams


Reply By : Md. Obaidullah Qasmi
Designation : Mufti, ODI, MMERC, Mumbai 

Dear brother in Islam

Yes, a man can't marry his wife's sister as long as she is in his marriage or in Iddat period after getting divorced. Allah Almighty says in the Holy Qura'n,'' Forbidden to you are your (1) mothers¡­¡­¡­¡­¡­¡­.(13) and that you should have two sisters together ''. (Ch.4 p.23)
There is a principle about uniting two women in one's marriage. According to this principle a man cannot have at the same time two wives
who are so related to each other, that if either of them had been male, they could not have lawfully intermarried, as for example, two sisters, or aunt and niece. The Prophet (p.b.u.h.) said, ''A woman and her paternal aunt can't be united, in marriage, nor a woman and her maternal aunt.
(Shami v.2 p.309, Fatawa Mahmudiah v.9 p.176, Al-Hadith.v.2p.625)

Only after death or divorce of the wife, the husband can marry her aunt or niece as in the case of marriage with her sister.


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