Fornication/Zina Between Married People - Should We Marry Each Other?
  • Question:

    I was involved with a lady who is married with two children. We committed zina many times. Now we are very scared for what we have been doing Allah will be very angry with us. I just wanted to know what do we do so Allah forgives us or should we get married? Once she got pregnant and we aborted the child. May Allah forgive us.

    Assalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh

    Thank you for your question. May Allah bless you with His mercy and bounties.

    No doubt that Zina (fornication/adultery) is a major sin in Islam and one should keep oneself far away from such sin.

    However, forgiveness from the Almighty for such a sin is definitely possible, if one sincerely repents by regretting what they have done, and making a firm resolution to never return to such a sin in the future.

    Allah Almighty states,

    “O servants of Mine who have acted recklessly against their own selves, do not despair of Allah’s mercy. Surely, Allah will forgive all sins. Surely, He is the One who is the Most-Forgiving, the Very-Merciful” (Qur’an 39:53).

    Acknowledging your mistakes and sincerely repenting to Allah is what needs to be done. Have regret for the past sin and resolve to never commit it again. Allah is Merciful and will forgive, provided you sincerely turn to Him.

    As for the next steps, if she is married, it will not be permissible for you to marry her. You may marry someone else to fulfil natural desires in a permissible manner.

    May Allah facilitate success for you.

    And Allah knows best.

    Answered by Shaykh Yusuf Badat
    Hadith of the Day Imam
    Imam of the Islamic Foundation of Toronto and Director of Mathabah Institute
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