Fatwa: # 22527
Category: Marriage
Country: Canada
Date: 26th September 2012


Can an adulterer who has repented marry a chaste and virtuous spouse


If one commits zina, can he only marry a spouse who has also committed the same sin?

How would one find such a spouse? One can't exactly just put a  post in a newspaper... What is the hikmah here?

Disobeying Allah (SWT) again after such a disobedience is out of the question. What should one do here?


JazakAllah Khairan... sorry for having to expose you to this brother.



In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

Zina is an evil deed and from amongst the major sins. A person who has committed zina should sincerely repent to Allah and resolve never to repeat this sin.


The Mercy of Allah is vast and if a person is sincere in his repentance, Insha-Allah, his repentance will be accepted and he will be forgiven.


A person who has committed adultery in the past, male or female, but is remorseful and repentant, can marry a chaste and virtuous spouse. He does not have to marry someone who has also committed the same sin. [i] [ii] [iii] [iv]


And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Sohail ibn Arif,
Student Darul Iftaa
Chicago, USA

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.

فتاوى محمودية، ٧/ ٣٢٧ كتب خانة مظهري [i]

آب كي مسائل أور أن كا حل، ٥/ ٧٦ ٧٨ [ii]


وقال أبو حنيفة ومحمد رحمهما الله: يجوز أن يتزوج امرأة حاملاً من الزنا، ولا يطأها حتى تضع [iii]

 وقال أبو يوسف وزفر رحمهما الله: لا يصح النكاح، والفتوى على قول أبي حنيفة ومحمد رحمهما الله

المحيط البرهاني، الفصل الرابع عشر في بيان ما يجوز من الأنكحة وما لا يجوز، ٣/ ٧٨ دار الكتب العلمية


و) صح نكاح (حبلى من زنا) عند الطرفين وعليه الفتوى لدخولها تحت النص وفيه إشعار بأنه لو نكح الزاني) [iv]

 فإنه جائز بالإجماع (خلافا لأبي يوسف) قياسا على الحبلى من غيره...(أو) موطوءة (زان) بأن رأى امرأة تزني فتزوجها جاز وللزوج أن يطأها بغير استبراء على الخلاف المذكور أما قوله تعالى {والزانية لا ينكحها إلا زان} [النور: 3] فمنسوخ بقوله تعالى {فانكحوا ما طاب لكم} [النساء: 3] أو المراد بالنكاح فيه الوطء يعني الزانية لا يطؤها إلا زان في حالة الزنا

مجمع الأنهر في شرح ملتقى الأبحر،باب المحرمات، نكاح حبلى من زنا، ١/ ٣٢٩ دار إحياء التراث العربي




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