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Can man be younger than woman in marriage

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Is it permissable for a man to be younger than the girl at the time of marrige. Should it be somthing that the girl should consider. When I say younger, i mean by 2 months younger. Please answer my question asap and plese keep it confidential. Muslim Brother


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Can man be younger than woman in marriage?

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It is absolutely permissible for a younger man to marry an older woman in Islam. When the Messenger of Allah (saws) married his first wife, Hadrat Khadijah (r.a.), he was 15 years younger than her! The Prophet (saws) was 25 years old, and Hadrat Khadijah (r.a.) was 40.


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