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He committed zina with her and she got pregnant; can he marry her while she is pregnant or should she abort he foetus?

Question: 165438

One of my wifes divorced Muslim friends is not married and is pregnant. She wants to know if it is haraam for her to have an abortion or whether she should keep it (she is 4 weeks pregnant). The man who has made her pregnant also wants to marry her. Can she get married while she is pregnant ? There is no chance that anyone else is the father.

Praise be to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon the Messenger of Allah and his family.


It is permissible for the one who committed zina to marry the
woman with whom he committed zina if they are no longer regarded as zaani,
which is after repenting sincerely. If she is pregnant, it is not
permissible to do the marriage contract with her until her pregnancy ends,
and the child is not to be named after the zaani according to the majority
of scholars. Some scholars are of the view that the illegitimate child is to
be called after the zaani if he acknowledges him. See the answer to question
no. 33591 

In Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah it says: What is
required of both of them is to repent to Allah then to give up this crime
and regret what has happened in the past of committing immoral actions, and
they should resolve never to go back to it and they should do a lot of
righteous deeds in the hope that Allah will accept their repentance and turn
their bad deeds into good deeds. Allah, may He be exalted, says
(interpretation of the meaning):

“And those who invoke
not any other ilaah (god) along with Allaah, nor kill such person as Allaah
has forbidden, except for just cause, nor commit illegal sexual intercourse
__ and whoever does this shall receive the punishment.

69. The torment will be
doubled to him on the Day of Resurrection, and he will abide therein in

70. Except those who
repent and believe (in Islamic Monotheism), and do righteous deeds; for
those, Allaah will change their sins into good deeds, and Allaah is
Oft‑Forgiving, Most Merciful

71. And whosoever
repents and does righteous good deeds; then verily, he repents towards
Allaah with true repentance”

[al-Furqaan 25:68-71]

If you want to marry her, you have to wait until it is
established that she is not pregnant by waiting for one menstrual cycle
before doing the marriage contract with her. If it turns out that she is
pregnant, it is not permissible for you to do the marriage contract with her
until after the pregnancy ends, in accordance with the words of the Prophet
(blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) that a man should not irrigate
the crop of another with his water.  

End quote from Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah,
Majallat al-Buhooth al-Islamiyyah, vol. 9, p. 72 


It is not permissible to abort the foetus in order to get rid of the shame
of zina. See the answer to question no.

And Allah knows best.


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