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Impregnating a Non Muslim Woman

Impregnating a Non Muslim Woman

Shaykh Muqbil ibn Haadee al-Waadi’ee

Reference: Al Ajwibah As Sadeedah fee Fataawa Al ‘Aqeedah. P.162.

Category: Contemporary Issues

A Muslim man committed zinaa (illegal sexual intercourse) with a non Muslim woman and impregnated her, and after she gave birth she entered into Islaam. What is the ruling of the child, is he to be considered a legitimate child in Islaam?

The father is not a legitimate father, because the messenger of Allaah said:

“The child is for the firaash (bed [meaning preparer of the bed – the mother]) and for the ‘Aahir (zanee) is Al Hajar.”

So the child belongs to the mother, and the ‘Aahir, meaning the zaanee (one who committed illegal sexual intercourse) for him is shame and regret.

As for getting married to her, if it is known that she has repented, then it is ok. But if otherwise then Allaah ‘az wa jal says:

“And that is forbidden to the believers.” [An-Noor/3].

Meaning: marring a zaaneeyah (fornicatress [is forbidden to the believers]), or that a ‘Afeefah (virtuous woman) marries a zanee (fornicator). But if one knows that she has repented and entered into Islaam, then there is nothing wrong with marring her.

Translator: Nadir Ahmad, Abu Abdul-Waahid

Categories: Women's issues
  1. Dawud
    August 29, 2010 at 13:58

    assalaamu alaykum,

    if she has entered into islam then her sins are forgiven, it is the man who is haram to her until he repents to Allah, not the other way around as he is the fornicator also.

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