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How many times can a man marry & what is the criteria.

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How many times can a man marry & what is the criteria. 


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How many times can one marry

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Your Question: How many times can a man marry

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chatper 4 Surah Nisaa verse 3:

3 If ye fear that ye shall not be able to deal justly with the orphans marry women of your choice two, or three, or four; but if ye fear that ye shall not be able to deal justly (with them) then only one or (a captive) that your right hands possess. That will be more suitable to prevent you from doing injustice.


Dear and beloved brother in Islam, there is absolutely no limit in Shariah to the number of times one (man or woman) is allowed to marry, provided a man does not keep more than the absolute maximum of four wives at any one time, and a woman obviously cannot have more than one husband at one and the same time.


Your Question: what is the criteria. 

We sincerely apologize that we are unable to understand what exactly you mean by ‘what is the criteria’….do you wish to determine the criteria which would enable a man to marry or remarry; or enable a woman to marry or remarry; or what are the criteria for marriage; or the obligatory conditions for a marriage to be considered lawful in Shariah; etc.


Beloved brother, if you could kindly clarify which or what criteria you seek information about, we assure you that we will strive to the best of our ability and knowledge to address you question in light of the guidance of the Quran and the Sunnah, Insha Allah.


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Your brother and well wisher in Islam,





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