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Can a person marry a woman who is elder/older than him ? and please state as much aayat/hadith as you can.

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Marry one who is older

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Your Question: Can a person marry a woman who is elder/older than him ? and please state as much aayat/hadith as you can.

Provided all the other legal conditions of marriage are fulfilled (proposal and acceptance, determination of the mehr amount, presence of at least two witnesses, and the consent of the guardian of the bride), it is absolutely permissible in Islam for a man to marry a woman who is elder to him.


The biggest evidence of the permissibility of a believer marrying an elder woman in Islam is the marriage of the Noble Prophet (saws) to his most beloved and first wife, Hadrat Khadijah (r.a.). At the time of their marriage, the Prophet (saws) was 25 years of age and Hadrat Khadijah (r.a.) was 40!



Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith Narrated byAisha

I did not feel jealous of any of the wives of the Prophet as much as I did of his first wife Khadijah, though I did not see her, but the Prophet used to mention her very often, and whenever he slaughtered a sheep, he would cut its parts and send some of them to the women friends of Khadija. When I said to him (saws), "What makes you remember an old woman from amongst the old women of Quraish: an old woman (with a teethless mouth) of red gums, who died long ago, and in whose place Allah has given you somebody better than her?" He (saws) replied: Khadijah believed in the Message when none on earth believed me, she was such-and-such (praising her noble qualities), and from her I had children."




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