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My friend wants to marry his cousin’s daughter. Is this permissible?

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My friend wishes to marry his cousin, but does not know if it’s allowed. The relation is his mother’s brother’s daughter’s daughter. Is this allowed?


As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

It is permissible for him to marry her. Cousins and cousin’s children have not been mentioned in the Quran as unlawful for marriage. Allah Ta’ala says in the Quran:

“Prohibited to you (For marriage) are: Your mothers, daughters, sisters, father’s sisters, Mother’s sisters, brother’s daughters, sister’s daughters, foster-mothers (Who gave you suck), foster-sisters, your wives’ mothers, your step-daughters under your guardianship, born of your wives to whom ye have gone in,- no prohibition if ye have not gone in;- (Those who have been) wives of your sons proceeding from your loins; and two sisters in wedlock at one and the same time, except for what is past; for Allah is Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful” (4:23)

And Allāh knows best.


Muftī Asif Umar

Washington, DC (USA)


Concurred by:

Muftī Abrar Mirza

Chicago, IL (USA)


Under the Supervision of Muftī Ebrahim Desai (South Africa)



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