Love and Marriage in Society Nowadays

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Shaykh Yasir Qadhi

Dean of Academic Affairs at AlMaghrib Institute
Shaykh Yasir Qadhi is a resident Scholar of Memphis Islamic Center. He is also a lecturer at Rhodes College, in the Department of Religious Studies, and the author of multiple books on Islam.

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Question 1: What advice will you give to someone who is not inclined to marry her cousin? Also, please comment on the trend of genetic testing to secure the best marriage partner.

Yasir Qadhi: Only Allah (swt) knows the future – we can never have full certainty and confirmation of what is to come. In my humble opinion, if a person does not want to marry a close relative, first cousin let’s say, because they feel that this is not the best way in a health manner, then it is not Haram, as the Shariah does not oblige you to marry your first cousins. You have a choice. If you want to marry somebody outside of your immediate family, Alhumdullilah. However, it is not good to go to the other extreme either and demand that everybody has to get genetic testing to see their compatibility. We should not get involved in the knowledge of Divine. It is beyond the knowledge that we have been given – this is going to Takaluf (the extremes). Pray Istikharah, as that is the best genetic testing you can do. Pray Istikharah to Allah (swt), and if it is best for you, then Insha’Allah, it will be written.

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