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Spouse's Nephew or Niece

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Can a woman marry her husband's nephew, if she's either divorced orwidowed & can she do halala with him if there is a need...?

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Sister, we have clearly informed you in two separate answers that a nephew can marry the divorced wife of his uncle, after the woman has completed her iddah period of three menstrual cycles.

After the nephew or any other man has married his uncles ex-wife, the couple have to consume the marriage, which means they must have intercourse together and live like a normal husband and wife. If the marriage is not consumed then the woman cannot return to her ex-husband. The nephew or any other man, has to divorce his wife of his own free will without any force, pre-plan or co-ersion. There should be no plan hatched that the nephew or any other man marries and then divorces so that the woman can go back to the uncle. One must remember that Allah swt knows all the secrets of ones heart. It is a grave sin to commit halala and the doers of such deeds will be severally accountable on the Day of Qiyamah. 


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