Can muslims marry first cousins ?
Dear Brother, Assala-mu-alikum.
I am confused about the marriage of cousins, like daughters of my paternal uncles or paternal aunts or maternal uncles and maternal aunts. It is very clearly mentioned in Quran, Surah 33 (Al-Ahzab), Ayat 50 that only Prophet Mohammad (Be peace upon him) got that privilege from Allah (SOA) due to migration. It is also clearly mentioned that any of these marriage is not for (rest of ) the believers. Also in Sura 4 (An-Nisa), Ayat 23 Allah (SOA) forbidden to marry "your sisters." In this Ayat, Allah (SOA) mention the forbidden relationships to marry for us. Here, Allah (SOA) mention " sisters" which is plural better describes own sister including all four related cousin sisters of Surah 33, Ayat 50. This is what my understanding from Quran regarding marriage between cousins which is forbidden for normal believers like me except Prophet Mohammad (Be peace upon him). Science also proved that this kind of marriage between close blood relationship may be detrimental for the offspring.
Brother, I already know that this kind of marriage is going on all over the muslim world. That doesn't mean this practice is correct (may Allah(SOA) mercy us) and we have to continue it. We know, our prophet's sunnah cannot be contradictory to Allah's ordain. Would you please show me any Ayat from Quran which can permit us (regular believers) to marry the same cousins. These two Ayats are so clear that I need your kind explanation based on Quran only, not by any other human being. Inshallah Quran is explained in very simple and clear way. Human practice may have errors. Besides, If we believe then we must have to believe whole Quran; Ayat by Ayat or word by word not as per our liking. We cannot hide any part of Quran for our own benefit too. May Allah (SOA) forgive us all.
Alamgir R. Siddiqui
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