Tuesday, 11 October 2011

He was religiously committed but his workplace was mixed and he formed a haraam relationship with a woman – should he marry her?


I have a son who was religious. He worked in a mixed place. He knew a girl and had a haram relationship with her. Should we stop him marrying her, or let him? We fear for him, knowing that her morals are just like any girl who knows men. Nothing has happened with any man apart from my son. He loves her a lot. Should we let him marry her to divorce her later? The intention of divorce in this case, does it invalidate the contract of marriage? I fear Allah.

Praise be to Allaah.


We have mentioned in many fatwas that unrestrained mixing,
which is not controlled by the guidelines enjoined by sharee’ah such as
proper hijab and proper etiquette of interaction, is haraam. We have also
stated that it is haraam to work and study in mixed places. We are saddened
by the fact that there are muftis who take this matter lightly and approve
of this chaotic situation in schools and workplaces. It is as if they are
living in another world, where they do not see the effects of haraam mixing
such as heartbreak, loss of sanity and destruction of religious commitment. 

This has been discussed in the answer to question no.

No one is safe from these effects. Chaste women have fallen
into the foul swamp of mixing and been affected by its filth, ugliness and
stench. The same may be said about righteous young men who used to obey
Allaah – how they were and what they have become. 

Allaah has created in men an inclination towards females, and
He has created in women an inclination towards men. But Allaah has not
permitted relationships between those who are not mahrams to one another,
except through marriage. Hence in sharee’ah there are many rulings which
block the way to immorality. It is haraam to look at a non-mahram woman, and
it is haraam to shake hands with her, or be alone with her. It is haraam for
a woman to travel on her own, and there are other rulings which prevent the
shaytaan from making the Muslim fall into the sin of zina. 


You say “there was a haraam relationship with her” but we do
not know what this means. It may be interpreted in two ways: 

Zina – Allaah forbid.

Making friends and being alone
with her, but without zina. 

If the first meaning is what happened, then they have
committed a grave sin. Allaah has ruled that the unmarried man and woman who
commit zina are to be given one hundred lashes, and that those who are
married and commit this sin should be stoned to death. The Prophet
(peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) has told us that the zaani has
lost his faith, and in a dream he saw men and women who had committed zina
in an oven in the Fire of Hell. 

One of the rulings that applies to those who commit zina is
that it is haraam for the zaani to marry the zaaniyah, and it is haraam for
her to marry him, because marriage of the zaani and zaaniyah is haraam,
unless they have repented sincerely from the grave sin that they have

If they repent sincerely, and the woman observes an ‘iddah of
one menstrual cycle, then it is permissible for them to marry, and we ask
Allaah to forgive them and bless them. 

For more information please see the answers to questions no.

If the second meaning is what happened – as is usually the
case in such relationships, especially when he wants to marry her – then
there is no reason why he should not marry her in the sense that the
marriage contract will not be invalid, but it may be disallowed because she
is not religiously committed or of good character, and she is not qualified
to be a wife who will help him to protect his religious commitment and raise
his children. But we cannot say this in your son’s case. If she is negligent
then he is the same, and every fault that we think is present in her is to
be found in him too. 

If Islam tells him to look for a pure, righteous woman, then
it enjoins her likewise. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):  

“Bad statements are for bad people (or bad women for bad
men) and bad people for bad statements (or bad men for bad women). Good
statements are for good people (or good women for good men) and good people
for good statements (or good men for good women)”

[al-Noor 24:26] 

“And marry those among you who are single (i.e. a man who
has no wife and the woman who has no husband) and (also marry) the Saalihoon
(pious, fit and capable ones) of your (male) slaves and maid‑servants
(female slaves)”

[al-Noor 24:32] 

But let us be realistic, and fair. When comparing between
them, do not look at how your son used to be, rather look at how he is now. 

Then you will see that each of them has become attached to
the other and they both want to get married, and the best way to set them
straight and put an end to the evil in their relationship, is for them to
get married. Ibn Majaah (1847) narrated that Ibn ‘Abbaas said: The Messenger
of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “There is
nothing like marriage for two who love one another.”  Classed as saheeh by
al-Albaani in Saheeh Ibn Majaah. 

Perhaps this will be a good opportunity to encourage them to
repent and set their affairs straight, before they get married. 


Getting married with the intention of getting divorced is
haraam. It is not permissible for a Muslim to have this intention before
getting married. 

See the answers to questions no.
27104 and

We are with you and we urge you to fear Allaah in such
matters. If this was your daughter, would you be happy for someone to marry
her with this intention?! 

Is it befitting for you to think of your son’s interests, and
look for what is good for him, even if it is at the expense of other people? 

It was narrated that ‘Abd-Allaah ibn ‘Amr ibn al-‘Aas said:
We were with the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be
upon him) on a journey and he said: “Whoever would like to move away from
Hell and enter Paradise, let him reach his end when he is believing in
Allaah and the Last Day, and let him treat people the way he likes to be
treated.” Narrated by Muslim, no. 1844.  

And Allaah knows best.

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