Saving a woman from death as not a reason prohibiting their marriage
Q: In one of our Bedouin gatherings, we argued a lot about a man who had saved a woman from drowning in a well. It was said that the rescuer proposed to the previously mentioned woman after rescuing her, but when they went to the Ma’dhun (marriage registrant), they told him that
the suitor had rescued the woman he wanted to marry from drowning. The Ma'dhun then told them that as he had rescued her, it was not Halal (lawful) for them to marry,
even though Allah (Glorified be He) has detailed in Surah Al-Nisa’ the women who are Halal or Haram (prohibited) for a Muslim to marry. Is there a difference of opinion among the scholars regarding what was said by the Ma’dhun and what is written in Surah Al-Nisa’? I would be grateful if Your Eminence would guide us to what is right. I argued a lot with the people who told that story, telling them that I would only follow what is in the Book of Allah in Surah Al-Nisa’ regarding this matter. Please give us your Fatwa (juristic opinion issued by a qualified Muslim scholar) and may Allah be merciful to you.
If the matter is as you mentioned, it is permissible for that man and woman to marry; rescuing her from drowning does not prohibit their marriage. May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.