A man concluded a marriage contract

(Part No. 18; Page No. 213)  Fatwa no. 896 Praise be to Allah Alone. To proceed: The Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta’ has reviewed the request for a Fatwa (legal opinion issued by a qualified Muslim scholar) submitted by the Judge of the Al-‘Amar Court, which was forwarded by the General Secretariat of the Council of Senior Scholars, no. 2/1663 on 24 Safar, 1394 A.H.In regard to what the Judge mentioned, that SH came to him to ask whether, as his ex-wife had remarried and had daughters with her new husband, he was considered as a Mahram (an unmarriageable relative) for her daughters from her subsequent marriage.

A: If the questioner, SH, had consummated the marriage with his ex-wife, the daughters she has with another man are considered to be his stepdaughters. He is not permitted to marry any of them, as he is one of their Mahrams. Allah (Exalted be He), when mentioning the women that a man is forbidden to marry, says (what means): ...your step daughters under your guardianship, born of your wives to whom you have gone in If he did not consummate the marriage with his ex-wife, her daughters by another man will be Ajnabiyyat (women other than a wife or permanently unmarriageable female relatives), as Allah (Exalted be He) says: ...but there is no sin on you if you have not gone in them (to marry their daughters) Ibn Al-Mundhir said that the Muslim scholars of all regions agree by Ijma‘ (consensus) that if a man marries a woman and then divorces her, or (Part No. 18; Page No. 214) she dies before consummating the marriage, it is Halal (lawful) for him to marry her daughter; Malik, Al-Thawry, Al-Awza‘y, Al-Shafi‘y, Ahmad, Is-haq, Abu Thawr, and their followers are of the same opinion, because Allah (Exalted be He) says: ...but there is no sin on you if you have not gone in them (to marry their daughters) May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.