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What is the status of a levirate marriage in Islam?

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by TheMufti.com

Q. What is the status of a levirate marriage in Islam?


A. Levirate marriage is a type of marriage in which the brother of a deceased man is obliged to marry his brother’s widow, and the widow is obliged to marry her deceased husband’s brother.

The concept of a levirate marriage is not permissible in Islam. A person cannot be forced to marry someone. Allah Ta’ala mentions in the Quran:

“O you who believe, it is not lawful for you to inherit women by compulsion” (Nisaa’)

However, a person may marry his brother’s widow by mutual consent.

Allah Ta’ala Knows Best

Mufti Ismaeel Bassa

This answer was collected from TheMufti.com, which is a fatwa portal managed by Mufti Ismaeel Bassa from South Africa.

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