Cousin Marriages in Islam
Cousin marriage is an important topic. Islamic state allows cousin marriage in Islam , irrespective whether they’re first cousins or the second cousins. Cousin Marriages are in our culture since our ancient part. Royal families of Europe have history of cousin marriages. It’s also a common practice in Africa, Asia and the Middle East and the practice continues up to the present day. In the Case of Islam the Quran gives specific rules on the basis of amen marrying and having sex which includes many prohibitions that he is not allowed to marry or have sexual relationship with
- his father’s wife, mother-in-law, a women who nursed him
- Aunts(parents sister)
- his sister, sister in law, half sister
- his niece
- his daughter, his stepdaughter ,his daughter-in-law
Islam has no rules for encouraging marrying cousins but them donor oppose it. As far as Islam is concerned, cousins are also considered to be a spouse for their daughters.
Many Muslim cultures for various reasons do encourage cousin marriages. According to them cousins are eligible like any other for marrying.
- It is easier for them to find a best pair within the family so that they know very well about the family and background.
- It is also felt that as both the spouse belongs to same family and background they will be able to lead a happy life without any difference of opinions.
- They needn’t send their daughter to some other family or marry a stranger .
- Any quarrels or disputes can be easily resolved by the eldest of the family
- Marrying a cousin you will never be taken away from your family to a new family and later in their old ages you can support them and as well as treat the husbands parents also as your own of cause they are…
- The wealth of the family doesn’t go away it’s maintained within the family only.
And I am sure the list of reasons would be never ending, but the other side of it is terrible. The problems are faced by the children. The children of first cousins are ten times more likely to be born with rare genetic disorders which can include infant mortality, deafness and blindness. The British Pakistanis constitute 1.5 per cent of the population and nearly a third of their children have rare genetic disorders. Medical researchers have demonstrated increased incidence of birth defects in children born to people who have married their cousins. Now such couples are advice to take tests for hereditary disorders which includes asthma, brain disorders, thalassaemia, sickle cell disease and many more before they marry.
But nowadays people are educated and they are aware of the cons, hence the cousin marriages are gradually fading. Social and Health impact is taken in to prior consideration.