Marrying the paternal uncle's former wife

Q 1: Is it permissible for a person to marry his paternal uncle's ex-wife? Is she called by another name (Part No. 18; Page No. 332) in the Arabic language? What is the meaning of Allah's Saying: ...your father’s sisters in the Glorious Qur'an?

A: It is permissible for a man to marry his paternal uncle's ex-wife. This is because Allah (Exalted be He) has mentioned those whom a person is not permitted to marry in His Saying: And marry not women whom your fathers married, except what has already passed; indeed it was shameful and most hateful, and an evil way. Forbidden to you (for marriage) are: your mothers, your daughters until He says: Also (forbidden are) women already married, except those (slaves) whom your right hands possess. Thus has Allâh ordained for you. Then He says: All others are lawful She has no other name in Arabic. One's paternal uncle is the father's brother, whether he is a full brother or a half-brother and whether he is the brother of one's father or the brother of one's grandfather or great grandfather. `Ammah (aunt) is one's paternal aunt who is the father's sister, whether she is a full sister or a half-sister. Allah's Saying: ...your father’s sisters means the sister of one's father, whether she is his full sister or half-sister and whether she is the sister of the father or the sister of the grandfather or great grandfather. May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.