|| Topic: Contemporary Issues- 3 Herpes and Marriage in Islam
Abu Aaliyah Abdullah ibn Dwight Lamont Battle
Joined: Jul 2005
Contemporary Issues- 3 Herpes and Marriage in Islam |
Shaykh Abdur Rahman Al-Adenee (may Allah preserve him)
Here in the West (United States of America) herpes has become a wide spread disease that many
entering into Islam suffer from. One in five Americans is infected with this disease, and almost 1
in 2 African Americans. It is a social stigma or taboo and many Muslims here feel ashamed to
reveal that they have it due to the illicit sexual nature through which it is acquired.
Some of the Muslims have hid this from their spouses and have infected them. Others have left
off marriage in fear that others will view them in a bad light and spread their personal business
amongst the Muslims.
Though herpes is a contagious disease it is not life threatening. Thus due to these circumstances
marriage has become a tedious affair for herpes sufferers and we here in America have some
questions. May Allah reward you.
Your Brother in Islam,
Abu Aaliyah Abdullah ibn Dwight Battle
1. Question :Is it in fact permissible for a Muslim with herpes to marry one who doesn't have it?
Answer: It isn't permissible for a person infected with Herpes or Syphilis to marry a healthy
person, because this is harmful and oppression with ill intent. Furthermore this disease might
affect their children.
'Ebadah ibn Samat (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Prophet (peace and
blessings be upon him) said, ı There should be no harm or any reciprocating harm.[ hadeeth
saheeh] and found in Saheeh Al-Bukhari is the hadeeth about epidemics narrated from Abu
Salamah (may Allah be pleased with him). He said that Abu Huraira (may Allah be pleased with
him) heard the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) say, "The cattle suffering from a
disease should not be mixed up with healthy cattle..."
The situation in the question is more severe. It is dishonest and deceitful for a person infected
with herpes or syphilis to conceal this illness from their spouse. Allah says, Verily! Allah
commands that you should render back the trusts to those, to whom they are due [An-Nisaı 58]
And deceiving people is also deceiving Allah and His messenger. He says, " O you who believe!
Don't be unfaithful to Allah and the Messenger, nor unfaithful to your trusts while you know.[ Al-
Anfal 27 ]
2. Question: .If not what is the error in evidence of those who state that it is permissible so that I
am made clear and at ease?
Answer: In reference to a scholar allowing this to be halal is probably based on one of the parties
involved abandoning his/her rights. However the correct verdict for this issue is its haraam, even
if one the parties involved agree to such terms.
Allahıs rights remain and He is more Merciful towards us than we are towards ourselves.
Allah says, "and do not throw yourselves into destruction, and do good. Truly, Allah loves Al-
Muhsineen (the good-doers). [ Al-Baqarah 195]
And He says, "And do not kill yourselves (nor kill one another). Surely, Allah is Most Merciful to
And whoever commits that through aggression and injustice, We shall cast him into the Fire, and
that is easy for Allah.[ An-Nisa 29-30]
3. Question: How should one with herpes go about seeking a spouse fearing that his/her
business be made public?
Answer: It is permissible for herpes carriers to marry each other. There should be a religious
committee and there should be a physician or an honest intermediary involved, who can convey
the opinion of both committees correctly. And Allah knows best.
4. Question: Is it permissible to establish a website for these people to address the need of
marriage amongst them?
Answer: It is permissible to establish a website in order for the people infected with this illness to
marry each other. However the conditions mentioned in question number three must be adhered
5. Question: Please give an admonishment to those who hide the knowledge of their condition
and harm others with this disease.
Answer: It's haraam to conceal such a disease and marry another person. Concealing a
sickness is a disloyalty and a severe evil. Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated
the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, "Whoever took up arms against us is not of
us and whoever acted dishonestly towards us is not of us."
Imam Al-Bukhari titled a chapter in his Saheeh "Faith is to love for your brother what you love for
yourself". Then he mentioned the hadeeth from Anas narrated on the Prophet (peace and
blessings be upon him), ı None of you have complete faith until he loves for his brother what he
loves for himself.
6. Question: Is it an obligation to have a blood test before marriage?
Answer: There is no problem to have a blood test before marriage, especially in the case
mentioned. In fact it is an obligation to have blood test if there is belief that there might be some
Translated by Abu Aaliyah Abdullah ibn Dwight Battle
Doha, Qatar 1430 (c)
Umm Hurairah Bint Ummee
Joined: Mar 2009
Assalamu alaykum, |
Mashaa'allah that this question has been answered in such detail, however, the response brings up a host of other issues.
So the Shaykh, may Allah preserve him, has said that a marriage between a non-infected person and an infected person is haraam.
Is it now upon individuals currently in a marriage like this dissolve their union, provided that one spouse is still not infected?
And, if the non-infected spouse has become infected would this now become a non-issue or would the marriage be considered null and void because they married under haraam circumstances?
Jazaak allah khair