Lessons from Holy Qur'an

Besides Seven Relative Women, Who Are Forbidden


Besides Seven Relative Women, Who Are Forbidden

Surah NISAAA’  (WOMEN) – Chapter – 4)

Verses –23b of 176, Section –4/24 (Part – 4)


And your mothers-in-law, and your step-daughters, who are under your protection (born) of your women unto whom ye have gone in – but if ye have not gone in unto them, then it is no sin foe you (to marry their daughters) – and the wives of your sons who (spring) from your own loins. And (it is forbidden unto you) that ye should have two sisters together, except what hath already happened (of that nature) in the past. Lo! Allah is Ever – Forgiving, Merciful. wa  ‘umma-haatu  nisaaa- ‘ikum  wa  rabaaa- ‘ibukumul-laatii  fii  hu-juurikum-min-nisaaa- ‘ikumul-laatii  dakhaltum-  bihinn.  Fa- ‘illam  takuunuu  dakhaltum-  bi-hinna  falaa  hunaaha  ‘alay-kum;  wa  halaaa-‘ilu  ‘abnaaa- ‘ikumullaziina  min  ‘aslaa-bi-kum,  wa  ‘an- tajma- ‘uu  baynal- ‘ukhtayni  ‘illaa  maa  qad  salaf.  ‘Innallaaha  kaana Gafuurar-Rahiimaa.






Those forbidden women have been described in this verse, which are unlawful due to the relationship of marriage. These are of two types:


  1. Those women, with whom marriage is unlawful forever, like mother of wife and daughter of that wife, with whom you have copulated. However, if any woman has been divorced before copulation then you can marry her daughter. The wives of the sons and downwards like grandsons (whether they are paternal or maternal) are also forbidden for you to be married with them.


  1. The women, who are not prohibited to be married by you forever, but they are forbidden until any woman remains in the nuptial knot. Only until that time the marriage is prohibited with the wife’s close relative women. But if either you have divorced your wife or she has died then marriage with her close relative women will become lawful. Those women are – sister of the wife, who cannot be married in the life and presence of the wife, but she can be married afterwards. The same order applies also upon aunt and niece (paternal and maternal).


Here it has been ordered that the wives of your sons are unlawful to be married with them, who (the sons) are from your generation. It aims your genealogical sons and grandsons. Adopted sons do not include in it.


At the end, Allah Almighty commanded that the mistakes, which were committed before Islam, would not be repeated inquiry. However, after the revelation of the order of Allah Almighty none should do against it.



Transliterated Holy Qur’an in Roman Script & Translated from Arabic to English by Marmaduke Pickthall, Published by Paak Company, 17-Urdu Bazar, Lahore, Lesson collected from Dars e Qur’an published By Idara Islah wa Tableegh, Lahore (translated Urdu to English  by Muhammad Sharif).

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