Is It Permissible to Marry Someone Pregnant?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: Assalam alaykum,

Is it permissible to marry someone pregnant?

Answer: Assalam alaykum wa rahmatuLlah,

Yes, it is permissible to contract a marriage with a lady who has been impregnated unlawfully through fornication. However, sexual intercourse during the pregnancy would only be permitted in the case that the fornicator is now the husband. If the husband is another man, they would need to avoid such relations until after birth because of the interdiction of mixing between the sperm of different men, as per the traditions (hadith) found in Tirmidhi and elsewhere.

[Maydani, al-Lubab fi Sharh al-Kitab (486)]

Please also see: Is it Prohibited to Marry Someone Guilty of Adultery/Fornication?

And Allah Most High alone knows best.

wassalam,
[Ustadh] Tabraze Azam

Checked and approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadh Tabraze Azam was born and raised in Ipswich, England, a quiet town close to the east coast of England. His journey for seeking sacred knowledge began when he privately memorized the entire Qur’an in his hometown at the age of 16. He also had his first experience in leading the tarawih (nightly-Ramadan) prayers at his local mosque. Year after year he would continue this unique return to reciting the entire Quran in one blessed month both in his homeland, the UK, and also in the blessed lands of Shaam, where he now lives, studies and teaches.

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