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According to Islam who we can marry among relatives?

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As salamu alikum. According to Islam who we can marry among relatives? Does Islam allow marrying cousin from mother or fathers’ side? May Allah reward for your great effort.


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Can one marry cousins

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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.


Your Question: According to Islam who we can marry among relatives?

The list of ‘mehram’ relatives or relatives to whom marriage is ‘haraam’ or absolutely forbidden in Islam are as follows:

  1. One’s mother, grand-mother, etc.
  2. One’s daughters
  3. One’s sisters
  4. One’s father’s sisters (paternal aunts)
  5. One’s mother’s sisters (maternal aunts)
  6. One’s brother’s daughters (niece)
  7. One’s sister’s daughters (niece)
  8. One’s foster mother (a lady who gave suck to one as an infant)
  9. One’s foster sisters (a boy and a girl who took suck from the same woman)
  10. One’s wife’s mother
  11. step-daughter (the daughter of one’s wife with whom one has had conjugal relations)
  12. one’s son’s wife
  13. Islam has also prohibited the believers from marrying one’s wife’s sister, or having two sisters as wives at one and the same time.


Your Question: Does Islam allow marrying cousin from mother or fathers’ side?

Dear and Beloved brother in Islam, cousins (whether of they are maternal or paternal cousins) are not ‘mehrams’ or amongst those relations whom the All-Knowing, All-Wise Lord has forbidden to be sought in marriage; thus marrying one’s cousins is absolutely permissible in Islam, if one wishes to do so.


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