According to the Quran whom can you marry?

The Majestic Quran is a book of guidance and light, its purpose is to make humans successful and live a flourishing life here and enjoy the delights of paradise in the hereafter. The requirements for this are faith in the mighty Lord, the day of Judgement and the prophethood of Muhammed (peace be upon him). In addition, worship, good deeds and smart character.

Marriage is a fundamental building block of life. Marriage is a contract between a man and woman to live together as husband and wife. This marriage contract is called a nikah. The purpose of marriage is to keep faithful to each other for the rest of your lives, have children and bring them up as good Muslims. Marriage can be an important determinant of one’s success, going to Paradise or Hell may be determined by who one marries. The Quran orders “Do not marry disbelieving women until they believe… These idolaters invite you to the Fire, whilst Allah invites you to paradise and forgiveness, that’s His grace, and He explains His verses to remind people of their duties” (Al-Baqarah: 221).

Muslim men can marry Christian and Jewish women “Chaste women from the believers and the people of the book are lawful to marry” (Al-Ma’idah: 5).

“It is forbidden for you to marry: your mothers; your daughters; your sisters; your maternal aunts; your paternal aunts; nieces from the brother’s or sister’s side; your foster mothers who have suckled you, and your foster sisters; your mothers-in-law; the stepdaughters who are in your care from women with whom you have consummated marriage, but if you have not consummated your marriage to them then you are not to blame. Also forbidden to you in marriage are the wives of your biological sons and marrying two sisters at the same time. Allah is Forgiving, Merciful. Also forbidden are women who are already married, except what your right hands possess. These prohibited degrees of marriage are Allah’s commandment imposed on you. Whatever falls outside all the above-mentioned prohibitions is lawful for you to desire, using your wealth to become married men, not fornicators. Whichever of them you wish to enjoy in lawful marriage give them their marriage gift as a legal obligation; there is no blame on you, after fulfilling that legal obligation, in whatever you may mutually agree to do with the marriage gift. Allah has always been All-knowing, Wise” (An-Nisa: 3-24).

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