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Is it ok to marry your cousin.

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Mahram refers to all those persons with whom marriage is not permissible on
a permanent basis Below is list detailing those with whom Nikah is not
permissible on a permanenet basis.

Persons with whom Nikâh is Harâm forever

1. Marriage with one’s children, grand-children, great grand-children, etc.
is not permissible. Nor is marriage with one’s parents, grand-parents,
maternal grand-parents, etc. permissible.
2. Marriage with one’s brothers, uncles and nephews is not permissible.
According to the Sharî’ah, a brother is one whose mother and father is the
same, or they have one father but two mothers, or one mother but two
fathers. They are all brothers. But if the father is different, and the
mother is also different; that person will not be a brother. Nikâh with him
will be valid.
3. Marriage with one’s son-in-law is not permissible. This is irrespective
of whether the daughter is already living with him or not. In all cases,
nikâh with him is harâm.
4. A girl’s father passed away. Her mother married another person. However,
before the mother could even live with her new husband, she passed away or
he divorced her. In such a case, the girl can marry this step-father of
hers. However, if the mother lived with him, it will not be permissible for
this girl to marry him.
5. Nikâh with one’s step-children is not valid. In other words, if a man has
several wives, then one of the wives cannot marry the children of the
co-wives. This is irrespective of whether she had lived with her husband or
not. Nikâh with these children is prohibited under all circumstances.
6. It is not permissible for a woman to marry her father-in-law or even the
father or grand-father of her father-in-law.

and Allah Ta’ala Knows Best

Mufti Ebrahim Desai

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  I am in lot of pain right now. I was married in 2004 on my choice with my cousin but my mother has not accepted her from the very first day. My mother maintained a very strict behaviour with her while I tried to balance the situation all the time. My wife compromised on lot of things such as not going to her siblings marriages and not going to see her ill father. Now, after 10 years of her marriage with me and due to continuous stress she got, she started replying in high tone to my mother. Sir, they regularly fought and i was trying to cool down the situation all the time but my mother had recently maintained a stance that she is not willing to stay in home with me if my wife stays here. My mother said that if i will keep my wife here then she will leave the home. Sir, in these 10 years i tried my level best to balance the relation but conditions got worst. My wife is not a bad woman, she use to take care of my mother once she was ill but i do not know what had gone wrong with my mother as she maintained such arogant behaviour with my wife. Sir, the issue is this that my father expired when i was probably 2 years old and i have no brother or sister. My mother brought me up and she is very possessive about me. Sir, on 22nd June 2014, my wife and mother had extreme fight and i was trying to stop them. During the fight my mother provoked me a lot. The limit was reached in anger where I was about to kill them all (including children) as I grabbed them from their throats, even I searched for a knife to kill them. Sir, because of getting continous stress, being out of control in extreme anger and without having prior intention of divorce i said to my wife that, “Mainy tumhain or tum kou (1 out of these words) talak di, Mainy tumhain or tum kou (1 out of these words) talak di, Mainy tumhain or tum kou (1 out of these words) talak di” in one go and probably within 10-15 seconds. Sir, my wife heard these words and she was having her periods since 17th June 2014 and it was her 6th day (22nd June 2014) of periods, she was not clean as she did not take the bath, she takes bath on 7th day of periods. I was not knowing that she is having periods as she was hospitalized probably on 20th June 2014 as she took few pills inorder to kill herself after getting disheart from my mother’s behaviour who tourchered her mentally by saying that my wife is misbehaving with her. Sir, my wife did not tell me as well regarding her periods. Sir, I was in extreme anger because of that fight and due to continuous stress been given to me by the fight i did this act in extreme anger. I had no prior intention to divorce my wife during the fight. My mother said it many times that i have done a big mistake by marrying my wife and she even said that I should get second marriage. All the situation arised because my wife became frustrated and took tablets inorder to kill herself and she was admitted in hospital. I brought her to home on 22nd June 2014 and my mother said that she will leave the home if i keep my wife here. They both had a fight like i cannot explain, I tried to stop them from fighting and in this extreme tense and anger situation i did that act. Sir, please guide and let me know answer of following questions :-  Question : 1) Was the divorce I gave is valid for 3 times or will it be counted as 1 talak ? Question : 2) Was the divorce valid because my wife was also having periods (6th day) and I was not knowing about her periods ? Question : 3) Was the divorce I gave is valid because it was given in such an extreme condition of anger where I nearly lost my senses and was even ready to kill my family with my own hands which a nomral person in senses cannot think of doing ? Question : 4) Do i have a chance of continuing my marriage again with the type of talak I gave or my marriage is over with my wife ? Sir, I have 2 sons and their life will be ruined. Sir, please help me out in this desperate situation as i feel like killing myself, thanks and regards.