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I want to ask is it right to make an excuse of not marrying with a girl or boy who has genatic disease or problem?
Mu' meneen Brothers and Sisters, As Salaam Aleikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh. (May Allah's Peace, Mercy and Blessings be upon all of you) One of our brothers/sisters has asked this question: I want to ask is it right to make an excuse of not marrying with a girl or boy who has genatic disease or problem? As an research is being conducted by one our genatic goverment department. According to them they have found a giense which is the root cuase of deafness? So they said to avoid casion marriages,What Islam says about this? Is this reason is right if yes then how Islam facilitates this? (There may be some grammatical and spelling errors in the above statement. The forum does not change anything from questions, comments and statements received from our readers for circulation in confidentiality.) Answer: Marriage with Cousins In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is no one (no idol, no person, no grave, no prophet, no imam, no dai, nobody!) worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers. Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 4 Surah Nisaa verses 22-23: And do not marry at all those women whom your father had married, though what has happened in the past is excepted. This is an indecent and abominable thing and an evil practice. Forbidden to you (for marriage) are your mothers, daughters, sisters, paternal aunts, maternal aunts, brothers daughters, sisters daughters, your foster mothers who have given suckle to you, your foster sisters who have taken suckle with you, the mothers of your wives, the daughters of your wives whom you have brought up, the daughters of your wives with whom you have conjugal relations, and it is not sinful for you to marry their daughters (after having divorced them). Also forbidden to you are the wives of your sons who are from your loins, and it is unlawful for you to keep two real sisters as wives at one and the same time, though what has happened in the past is excepted, for Allah is indeed Forgiving, Merciful. Cousins are not included in the above list of mehrams by The All-Knowing, All-Wise Lord of the Worlds, thus they will be as considered non-mehrams in Shariah; and it is absolutely permissible for the believers to marry their cousins, if they wish to do so. Your Question: I want to ask is it right to make an excuse of not marrying with a girl or boy who has genatic disease or problem? When a marriage is proposed, either party has the right to accept or reject the proposal accordingly. If one party has been diagnosed with a genetic disease, the other party absolutely has a right to decline the proposal, if they wish to do so. Marriage should be conducted with the consent, approval, and endorsement of both parties, and there is absolutely no harm, or blame, or sin on any party if they reject a proposal for any reason whatsoever. Your Question: According to them they have found a giense which is the root cuase of deafness? So they said to avoid casion marriages,What Islam says about this? If an expert in the field of medicine or genetic studies has indeed diagnosed that marrying ones cousin would jeopardize their or their off-springs health, it would indeed be prudent and wise to avoid marrying such cousins. Your Question: Is this reason is right if yes then how Islam facilitates this? Dear and Beloved Brother, The All-Merciful Lord has not commanded that every believer must marry their cousins; but rather made it permissible for those who do wish to do so! Allow us to relate a couple of examples to prove how Islam facilitates the option. Allah Subhanah has made most meat halaal or permissible for the believers as food. Most medical experts are of the opinion that the consumption of (excessive) red-meat is injurious to ones health because of its high fat content. Thus if one has a respiratory or heart problem, it would indeed be prudent of him to avoid red-meat and safeguard his health. Just because the consumption of red-meat might be injurious to ones health does not in itself make red-meat haraam or prohibited for the believers at large! One must remember that Allah has made meat halaal for the believers as food for those who wish to eat it; The All-Knowing, All-Wise has not Commanded that every believer must eat meat! Similarly sugar is considered halaal or permissible in Islam, but it would indeed be prudent and wise for one who has been diagnosed the disease of diabetes to abstain from its consumption! Just because the consumption of sugar might be injurious to ones health does not in itself make sugar haraam or prohibited for the believers at large! Similarly, if one fears that marrying ones cousin might be injurious to ones health, he/she is well within his rights to abstain from marrying his/her cousin; but that by itself does and should not make the marrying of cousins forbidden or prohibited for the whole Ummah! Marrying ones cousins is absolutely permissible in Islam and one may marry them if they wish to do so, or abstain from marrying them as they will. Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allahs Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me alone. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength. Your brother and well wisher in Islam, Burhan
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