This is the problem in brief. Should this marriage contract be annulled or not? If that was done before marriage because of lack of knowledge, are they to be blamed for not their lack of knowledge? What the woman remembers is that she menstruated after marriage and also before the marriage contract was done, but she is not certain of the timing, i.e., was it shortly beforehand or a long time before. One thing remains to be asked: if one of the two parties did any of these abhorrent things when he was 16 years old with someone who was younger for a while at the time of adolescence and then stopped doing that for several years, and does not think that he did it until he met the person he married, does that affect the current problem, or should he conceal it and not mention it?
I hope that you can advise us of the solution that will protect us from meeting Allah with our faces darkened by sin before Him, and so that we may rather meet Allah with hearts that know what Allah has forbidden and have found the right way to the Hereafter. We only want to know whether their lives now are halaal or haraam, because since they found out about this matter their lives have been affected by waswaas after they were happy.
Praise be to Allaah.
We have discussed in abundant detail that which supports
what you heard about it not being permissible for a Muslim man to marry a
woman who is a zaaniyah and that a Muslim woman cannot marry a man who is
a zaani unless they both repent and it is established that the woman is
not pregnant by waiting for one menstrual cycle before getting married.
For more details, please see the answers to questions no.
What we want to find out from both parties is two important
matters, on which the answer will be based.
The first is: did zina take place between them, meaning
penetration, not just touching and fulfilling desire, even if ejaculation
The second is: did they repent before the marriage contract
In the light of these two matters we can answer your
If zina took place but they did not repent, then what they
heard applies to their situation.
If zina took place between them but they regretted it and
repented, then their marriage is valid and there is no need to worry about
If zina did not take place, rather the relationship was just
touching and no penetration took place, then they cannot be called zaanis,
even if ejaculation occurred and those actions constituted major sins, but
it cannot be called zina unless there was penetration.
Based on that:
If no zina took place, or it
took place but they repented, then there is no need to do anything; rather
they remain married but they should strive to do a lot of righteous deeds.
If zina took place between them
and she did not have a period before getting married, then she got married
before it was proven that she was not pregnant, this means that the marriage
should be annulled.
Shaykh Muhammad ibn Ibraaheem (may Allah have mercy on him)
said: It is not permissible to marry a zaaniyah until she repents. If a man
wants to marry her, he must wait for one menstrual cycle to establish that
she is not pregnant before doing the marriage contract with her. If it turns
out that she is pregnant, it is not permissible for him to do the marriage
contract with her until after she gives birth.
Al-Fataawa al-Jaami’ah li’l-Mar’ah al-Muslimah,
Something similar was stated by the scholars of the Standing
Committee, al-Fataawa, 18/383, 384
If zina took place between them
and they did not repent, then they have to annul the marriage and wait one
menstrual period to establish that she is not pregnant. He may marry her
again, with a new proposal and a new contract and mahr.
In the questions referred to above we said:
The one who committed this sin and did the marriage contract
before repenting has to repent to Allah and regret what he did, and resolve
not to commit the sin again. Then he may do a new marriage contract. End
If you have children from this
marriage, then the children should be attributed to their father, because
what happened was a dubious marriage contract and he was not aware that the
contract was haraam – if he committed zina and did not repent from it. This
is different from the case of illegitimate children, in which case the
children are not to be attributed to the zaani, rather they should be
attributed to their mother.
The scholars of the Standing Committee said:
The correct scholarly view is that the child cannot be
attributed to the man unless the intercourse was based on a valid or invalid
marriage contract or a dubious marriage contract, or ownership of the slave
woman, or dubious ownership of the slave woman, in which case the child is
to be attributed to the man, and they may inherit from one another. But in
the case of zina, the child is not to be attributed to the zaani; the blood
relationship to him is not proven and therefore he cannot inherit from him.
Shaykh ‘Abd al-‘Azeez ibn Baaz, Shaykh ‘Abd al-Razzaaq
‘Afeefi, Shaykh ‘Abd-Allaah ibn Ghadyaan, Shaykh ‘Abd-Allaah ibn Qa’ood
Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah,
The one who studies the question will see that the case
mentioned in the question is not quite clear. We do not know whether zina
took place or not and we do not know whether repentance took place or not.
We do not know whether the woman menstruated before marriage or not. All
these factors affect the answer. Hence we have mentioned the answer in all
cases. It may be a good idea to discuss this issue with a scholar so that
the man can explain exactly what happened and the scholar may give him a
detailed answer. We hope that the answer will be helpful to him and there
will be no need for further questions or clarification.
With regard to the questioner saying in his question, “But
what is certain is that the full consummation came after marriage, i.e.,
they are not certain that any immoral action took place because there is no
evidence to indicate that”, if that is true as he says, that there is no
certainty that zina occurred in this case and what it is certain is that
full consummation occurred after marriage, then the answer is clear from
what we have said, which is that what happened does not affect the validity
of the marriage at all and there is no need to annul it or do a new marriage
contract, and there is no need to open the door to waswasah concerning their
marriage. Rather all they have to do is fear Allah with regard to what
remains and strive to do good deeds, in the hope that Allah will accept
their repentance and replace their bad deeds with good for He is Oft
Forgiving, Most Merciful.
And Allah knows best.