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Marrying relatives/cousins

Question

Is the following a Hadith and is it authentic?

“Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) prohibited the Muslims from marrying amongst their cousins/relatives”

 

Answer

‘Allamah Ibn Salah (rahimahullah) has stated that he has not come across any reliable basis for this [As a Hadith of Nabi sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam].

After quoting this ruling from ‘Allamah Ibnus Salah (rahimahullah), ‘Allamah ‘Iraqi (rahimahullah) says, ‘This is known to be the statement of Sayyiduna ‘Umar (radiyallahu ‘anhu), for he [advised] a particular family saying ‘You have become thin/weak, so marry outside the family.’

(Al Mughni ‘An Hamlil Asfar, Hadith: 1458, At Talkhisul Habir, vol. 5 pg. 2241, Hadith: 4766)

 

Note:

1) Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) himself married his cousin, Sayyidah Zaynab bintu Jahsh (radiyallahu ‘anha). (Al Isti’ab and Usdul Ghabah).

2) Kindly contact a Mufti/Darul Ifta for a Fiqh ruling on this issue, as -in some cases- it is affected by medical factors as well.

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar