Marriage with Sexual Partner
  • Question:

    Can we marry a girl who is our girlfriend and we have a sexual relatonship. But from now we want to stop all these sinful deeds/acts and turn to almighty Allah for our betterment.

    Assalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh

    Thank you for your question.

    Allah says in the Quran: “A man guilty of adultery or fornication does not marry other than a woman guilty of adultery or fornication, or an idolatress, and as for a woman who committed adultery or fornication, no one but a man who committed adultery or fornication, or an idolater, marries her. And that has been prohibited for the Believers.” [24:3]

    However, this verse is speaking about suitability and not making it a technical requirement according to the vast majority of the scholars. The statement “and that has been prohibited for the believers” is about zina itself which is a gross major sin.

    With that being said, you must first both stop committing zina and immerse yourself in regret and remorse for the major sin as it may doom your hereafter and your relationship if not sincerely repented from.

    If, after repentance, you still see the other person fit for marriage in accordance with Islamic principles and guidance, then it is fine to marry them.

    And Allah knows best.

    Answered by Shaykh Omar Suleiman
    Hadith of the Day Imam
    Director – Islamic Learning Foundation
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