Marriage After Zinaa

Q. May Allah bestow goodness upon you, O Noble Shaykh. There’s a man who committed illegal sexual intercourse with a woman, and she became pregnant. Afterwards he married her. What is the ruling of this marriage?

Shaykh Usaamah al-‘Utaybi (may Allah preserve him) answered:

If he married her during her pregnancy or before her repentance from the act of illegal sexual intercourse, then the marriage is invalid and it’s a must that they be separated until she has one menstrual cycle, becomes clean, and repents with a sincere repentance from the act of illegal sexual intercourse. After that, it is permissible for the man to marry her by way of her guardian. As for the case of his marriage to her taking place after she gave birth and after she repented with a truthful repentance and he married her by way of her guardian and two witnesses, the marriage is valid.

Translated by Abu Yusuf Khaleefah
2nd of Dhul Qi’dah, 1437AH (6th August, 2016)
Masjid Nur Allah, Queens, NY