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As salaam alaykum,
Ali Abi Talib was the Prophet's cousin, and yet he married Fatimah, was this right then? And can it be practised now?
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Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 4 Surah Nisaa verse 23:
23 Prohibited to you (for marriage) are: your mother, daughters, sisters, father's sisters, mother's sisters, brother's daughters, sister's daughters, foster-mothers (who gave you suck), foster-sisters, your wives' mothers, your step-daughters under your guardianship born of your wives to whom ye have gone in, no prohibition if ye have not gone in; (those who have been) wives of your sons proceeding from your loins, and two sisters in wedlock at one and the same time except for what is past; for Allah is Oft-Forgiving Most Merciful.
Dear and Beloved sister in Islam, cousins (regardless if they are maternal or paternal, first or second or third, etc. cousins) . cousins are not mehrams or amongst those relations whom the All-Knowing, All-Wise Lord has forbidden to be sought in marriage; thus marrying ones cousins, or even ones parents cousins is absolutely permissible in Shariah Law.
Your Question: And can it be practised now?
If one wishes to marry ones own cousins, or even ones parents cousins.provided all the obligatory conditions of a marriage are honored, the marriage itself would be absolutely legal and lawful in the Sight of Shariah Law and of Allah Subhanah.
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Your brother and well wisher in Islam,