Why is it Not Permissible to Marry Two Sisters at One Time?

Answered by Mawlana Ilyas Patel


Why is it not permissible to be married to two sisters at the same time in a polygamous marriage?


In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate

I pray you are in good faith and health.

The wisdom behind the forbiddance of this type of marriage where two sisters being co-wives of someone will entail possible jealousy and lead to enmity and severing of the relationship of two sisters and affecting the whole family system.

Allah Most High, through His Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace), “emphasized the importance of kinship and cautioned against severing ties. The importance of tying kinship and caution against severing it is extensively mentioned.” [Dehlawi, Hujjat Allah al-Baligha]

Bond of kinship under the Throne of Allah

Sayyida ‘A’isha (Allah be pleased with him) reported the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, “The bond of family is suspended from the Throne, and it says: Whoever upholds me, Allah will uphold him. Whoever severs me, Allah will sever him.” [Bukhari; Muslim]

Will You Spread Corruption and Cut Off Your Family?

Abu Hurayra (Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, “Verily, Allah made the creation, and when He finished, the womb said: In this place, I seek refuge in you from those who sever me. Allah said: Are you not pleased that I keep good relations with those who are good to you, and I will cut off whoever severs relations with you? The womb said: Yes, my Lord. Allah said: Thus, you will have it.” Then, the Prophet said, “Recite the verse if you wish: Will you then, if you were given authority, spread corruption in the land and sever your family ties?” [Quran, 47:22; Bukhari; Muslim]

Good Relations with Family Increase Wealth, Extend the Life

Anas ibn Malik (Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah said, “Whoever is pleased to have his provision expanded and his life span extended, let him keep good relations with his family.” [Bukhari; Muslim]

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[Mawlana] Ilyas Patel
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Mawlana Ilyas Patel is a traditionally-trained scholar who has studied within UK, India, Pakistan, Syria, Jordan and Turkey.

He started his early education in UK. He went onto complete hifz of Qur’an in India, then enrolled into an Islamic seminary in UK where he studied the secular and Alimiyyah sciences. He then travelled to Karachi, Pakistan.

He has been an Imam in Rep of Ireland for a number of years. He has taught hifz of the Qur’an, Tajwid, Fiqh and many other Islamic sciences to both children and adults onsite and online extensively in UK and Ireland. He was teaching at a local Islamic seminary for 12 years in the UK where he was a librarian and a teacher of Islamic sciences.

He currently resides in UK with his wife. His personal interest is love of books and gardening.