She Wants To Marry A Man Who Has A Contagious Disease: His Religoin And Character Is Just
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you suggest a muslimah do if she wants to get married
to someone who has herpes? His religoin and character
is just, but he made that mistake at his teens, almost
20 years ago, he repented and never made the same
mistake again. Will Allah protect me if I marry him
for good islamic reasons and stay obedient to Allah?
Praise be to Allaah.
It states in
sharee'ah that the Muslim should not expose himself to
That includes mixing with a person who has a
contagious disease, especially if that disease is
serious and chronic, such as herpes.
The rulings of sharee'ah are addressed to everyone,
sick and healthy alike.
With regard to the one who is sick, Muslim (2221)
narrated from Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with
him) that the Messenger of Allaah (Peace And Blessings
Of Allaah Be Upon Him) said: "The owner of sick camels
should not bring them to the healthy ones" – lest the
disease be transmitted to the healthy ones.
With regard to the one who is healthy, the Prophet
(Peace And Blessings Of Allaah Be Upon Him) said:
"Flee from the leper as you would flee from a lion."
Narrated by Ahmad, 9429; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani
in Saheeh al-Jaami', 7530.
Leprosy is a well-known contagious disease – we ask
Allaah to keep us safe and sound.
Muslim (2231) narrated from 'Amr ibn al-Shareed that
his father said: Among the delegation from Thaqeef
there was a leper. The Prophet (Peace And Blessings Of
Allaah Be Upon Him) sent word to him saying: "We have
accepted your oath of allegiance; go back."
Ibn al-Qayyim (may Allaah have mercy on him) said in
Miftaah Daar al-Sa'aadah (2/272):
He sent word to that leper accepting his oath of
allegiance so as to establish the shar'i principle of
avoiding the causes of harmful and hateful things,
because a person should not expose himself to the
causes of harm.
Ibn al-Qayyim said in Zaad al-Ma'aad (4/147):
Chapter on the guidance of the Prophet (Peace And
Blessings Of Allaah Be Upon Him) on avoiding
contagious diseases and his advice to healthy people
to avoid those who have such diseases. Then he quoted
the ahaadeeth mentioned above.
Your wish to marry this man who has herpes may be
influenced by emotion, and you think that you are
being patient and forbearing, then if disaster strikes
you will regret it when regret will be of no benefit.
There is nothing to compare to good health.
Our advice to you is not to marry this person.
We ask Allaah to bless you with a righteous husband
who will help you in your religious affairs.
And Allaah knows best.