Impotent man marries woman
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One of our brothers/sisters has asked this question:
Our family recently encountered a situation that was unexpected.
My sister-in-law was married last December to a person that her parents had selected. She did not had any reservations against marriage and entered into the contract with her own will. Once married she realized that her husband had medical issues, specifcally issues that he was unable to fulfill his husbandary duties and could not satisfy her physical needs. It was a heartbreak for her as per our islamic teachings and culture only after a marriage one could enjoy the physical relation between a man and woman. The bad part was her husband knew about his condition well before sending the proposal for her and had admitted to the same after marriage. She decided to return home and purse a divorce with in the first month of her marriage.
To cut the story short the case is in court now and her husband is trying to delay giving divorce for as long as possible.
My question is to the validity of this Nikkah. From what little knowledge I have, I understand such Nikkah`s are not valid to begin with and a "Khulla" is awarded to a woman immediately instead of a divorce. Please verify that.
Second, is she entitled to keep all the gifts & Mehar that was promised to her at the time of Nikkah by the groom? My mind says yes as she has suffered a
great deal in this whole process mentally and emotionally. How does the Islam
respond to this issue and what rights or punishment can be awarded to the man,
especially since he knowingly had played with an innocent life.
Your help is greatly appreciated.
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Q-1: My question is to the validity of this Nikkah.
From what little knowledge I have, I understand such Nikkah`s
are not valid to begin with and a "Khulla"
is awarded to a woman immediately instead of a divorce. Please verify that.
If it is proved in front of a Judge that the man was impotent before the nikaah, he will neither pronounce a divorce or a khula, but he will invalidate the nikaah.
Q-2: Second, is she entitled to keep all the gifts & Mehar that was promised to her at the time of Nikkah by the groom?
Khula or a divorce proceeding initiated by the woman would mean that the man has a right to claim back the mehr he paid the bride at the time of marriage. But when the Judge invalidates the nikaah, as in the above case, the man will have no right to claim back the mehr he paid the bride.
Gifts on the other hand, once given, in any case, should not be claimed back.
Q-3: How does the Islam respond to this issue and what rights or
punishment can be awarded to the man, especially since he knowingly had played
with an innocent life.
There is no particular punishment prescribed in Shariah for the man or the woman who deceives or hides their condition in such a case. But there is no doubt that such a man, who hides his impotency, has deceived the innocent woman; and if he does not repent, he will be held severely accountable in the Just Court of Allah Subhanah on an Inevitable Day.
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Your Brother in Islam,