Can a man marry the sister of his divorced wife?

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Can a man marry the sister of his divorced wife, just after divorce? Can you please answer the question in the light of Islam and Sharia.




Muhtaram / Muhtaramah


In the Name of Allāh, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāh wa-barakātuh.

It is permissible to marry ones wife’s sister after divorcing his wife and after the completion of her iddat of divorce. It is not permissible to marry the divorced wife’s sister immediately after divorcing her during the iddat. It should also be noted that one of the reasons for the prohibition of marrying two sisters at once is that it leads to animosity and severing family ties between the sisters. While one may marry his wife’s sister after the iddat, he should strongly consider the spirit of Shariah in avoiding a situation of breaking family ties.

And Allah knows best
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