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Touching one’s sister in law with lust    

Fatwaa ID: 247


If a man touches his sister in law with shahwat, does it affect his marriage?


In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

In order to address the query in reference, it is important to take cognizance of two issues. One is the laws of Shari’ah and the other is the spirit of Shari’ah.

Shari’ah has prohibited getting married to two sisters at once. One possible reason for the prohibition is that Shari’ah orders maintaining family ties. Rivalry among co-wives is normal. If both sisters are in one nikaah, that will lead to rivalry which has a potential of breaking sisterly ties.

When Shari’ah has prohibited nikaah between two sisters to be able to avoid breaking family ties, imagine the negative consequences of being married to one sister and using the other sister. Apart from the act being sinful and an act of zinaa, it is a shameful act that also violates the spirit of Shari’ah of family ties[i].

If one is guilty of such an evil act, he should make tawbah and istighfaar. However, touching one’s sister-in- law does not constitute hurmah al-musaaharah[ii].

And Allaah Ta’aala Knows Best.

Muajul I. Chowdhury
Student, Darul Iftaa
Astoria, New York, USA

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين

[i]  سورة الإسراء (آية: 32)

{وَلَا تَقْرَبُوا الزِّنَا إِنَّهُ كَانَ فَاحِشَةً وَسَاءَ سَبِيلًا }

[ii]  الدر المختار شرح تنوير الأبصار وجامع البحار (ص: 180)

وفي الخلاصة: وطئ أخت امرأته لا تحرم عليه امرأته

حاشية ابن عابدين (رد المحتار) (3/ 34)

(قوله: وفي الخلاصة إلخ) هذا محترز التقييد بالأصول والفروع وقوله: لا يحرم أي لا تثبت حرمة المصاهرة، فالمعنى: لا تحرم حرمة مؤبدة


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