Islamic marital laws: Is it permissible to marry the divorcee of one’s brother in Islam?


Someone from Jordan wrote to Hazrat Amirul Momineen, Khalifatul Masih Vaa, stating that the following questions had been submitted on their website:

Is it permissible to marry one’s brother’s divorcee?

If someone has got a gold tooth fitted, is it permissible to remove it after the person’s demise?

Is it permissible for women to operate beauty parlours?

Huzoor-e-Anwaraa, in his letter dated 6 June 2022, provided the following responses to these questions:

“Allah Almighty has stipulated in the Holy Quran, specifically in Surah an-Nisa, verses 23 to 25, the women with whom marriage is prohibited for Muslims. Among these women, no prohibition is imposed on marrying the widow or divorcee of one’s brother. Likewise, in the Hadith, the Holy Prophetsa did not prohibit marrying the widow or divorcee of a brother. Hence, it is permissible to marry the widow of a brother or, if the brother has divorced his wife and the waiting period [‘iddah] stipulated in the Holy Quran has passed, [it is also permissible to marry] such a woman. There is no prohibition in this regard. […]”

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