Q 4: A young woman is suffering

Q: What is the ruling on marrying a foundling (an illegitimate daughter)? What are the legitimate impediments to it? What are the Shar`y (Islamically lawful) rulings concerning this kind of marriage? Is it considered the same as marrying ordinary Muslim girls whose families are known? Does it take the same rulings as marrying slave-girls?

A: There is no harm in marrying a foundling girl whose origin is unknown, provided that (Part No. 18; Page No. 195) she is a righteous, religious woman, and because she needs a man to protect her and keep her chaste. This would be an ordinary marriage, unlike marrying slave-girls, as she is a free woman. The person who is her Waliy (a legally accountable person acting for a woman regarding marriage) is the ruler of the country, as he should be the Waliy of those who have no Waliy. May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.