Impermissibility of Marrying one's Sibling and Divine Forgiveness


Answered by Ustadh Torab Torabi
Question: “Peace, Mercy and Blessings of God be upon You” السلام عليكم و رحمة الله و بركاته
1. If we are Adam and Eve kids then we are brothers and sisters, How can we marry each other?
2. Allah can forgive anyone He wills, If He forgives a murderer, is it justice to the victim and his family?
How does the justice system work?
Answer: Walaikum Asalaam Wa Rahmatullah Wa Barakatuh.
Impermissibility of Marrying one’s Sibling
Allah says in the Qur’an: “Forbidden to you are your mothers and your daughters and your sisters and your paternal aunts and your maternal aunts and brothers’ daughters and sisters’ daughters…” (Surah Nisa’, verse 23)
From this verse it is firmly established that it is impermissible for someone to marry his sibling. I believe that your confusion stems from your definition of “brothers and sisters.” The verse is referring to two people who share, one or both, parents. Adam and Eve (peace be upon them both) are not our direct parents, they are our ancestors, thus the ruling would not apply.
Divine Forgiveness
Imam al Nawawi mentions that there are four conditions for repentance from a sin in which a person transgresses against the rights of another person:
1. To desist in the sin itself
2. To feel deep contrition for the sin
3. To resolve to never return to the sin
4. To ask the wronged person for forgiveness
However, it is possible for Allah to forgive without any conditions, as He is the Lord of the Heavens and the Earth. Allah is the Most Powerful and the Most Wise and if He forgives a murderer, it does not mean that the murdered and his family will not be recompensed on the Day of Judgment. Rather, it is absolutely conceivable that Allah can both: A) Forgive the murderer for his action and B) Give full blessings and mercy to the wronged peoples.
Allah’s Forgiveness is not a sum-zero game. Allahu Akbar. Allahu Akbar. Allahu Akbar.
“Is Allah not the most just of judges?” (Sura Tin, verse 8)
And Allah knows best.
Torab Torabi
Checked & Approved by Faraz Rabbani