Topic: Marriage under false information

AbuShereen    -- 27-10-2008 @ 12:30 AM
  As salaamu alaikum,

I am trying to find out  1.) the shari' position on marrying a second wife without telling the first, 2.) lying to the proposed wife about your marital status to get her to marry you, and 3.) the validity of the marriage if the woman marries you because she thought you weren't married already.

Jazakallahu khairan to the one that can provide me guidance on this issue.

muslimah03    -- 20-11-2008 @ 7:24 AM

As Salaamu 'Alaykum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakaatuh

InshaAllah this will help a bit........

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If a man wants to take a second wife, is it permissible for him to not mention the fact that he is already married? And if he does not tell the second wife about the existing first marriage, is his marriage to the second woman valid?

ANSWER by Shaykh Muhammad 'Umar Baazmool, instructor at Umm Al-Quraa University in Makkah

It is not a required condition to marry a second wife that one must inform her of an existing marriage. However, from good manners of living together, and from the ettiquettes of cooperation upon good things, is that she should be informed. I am not saying that a man must seek permission from his wife (to marry a second wife), but she should be informed.

And the man must fear Allaah, the Glorified and Exalted, regarding his first wife and he must act justly between them. The Messenger (sallallaahu 'alayhe wa sallam) mentioned a man who will come on the Day of Judgement and one side of his face will be dropped to the ground, a result of his lack of fairnes between his wives. [1]

So we advise this man to fear Allaah, the Glorified and Exalted, regarding his first wife, and to be sure that he acts justly between them.

His marriage to the second wife is valid, even if he did not inform the first wife, or let the second wife know. But from kind interaction and mutual cooperation upon good affairs, he should make her aware, and Allaah knows best.


This was translated exclusively for from a cassette recording with the knowledge and permission of the shaykh, file no. AAMB016, dated 1423/6/25.


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AbuShereen    -- 21-11-2008 @ 5:56 PM
  Jazakillaahu khairaan!!  That issue had been plaguing me for weeks.

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