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His Daughter Got A Proposal From A Religious Man Who Has Vitiligo

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Rufai Oladimeji
, Nigeria.
Question

Assalamu alaikum.Our daughter has got a
proposal from a religious family.He is also
religious, educated and of good moral
charector.But he has white patch of vitiligo
on his hand.This may become generalized
making whole body white in later life and can
also affect their children by 30%.This is
rare.Can we move ahead with the proposal or
is there evidence in Islam for rejecting
proposal on medical grounds like vitiligo or
is it unIslamic if we do not go ahead with
the proposal.What if our parents disagree?
Kindly answer within a week Insha Allah as
we have to proceed. Jazakhallah Khair

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of the
Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of
worship except Allah, and that Muhammad
is His slave and Messenger.
If you refer to vitiligo and not leprosy, then
vitiligo is not among the diseases that are
disgusting; it is for this reason that the
scholars did not consider it among
the diseases that give the spouse the choice
to annul the marriage contract (in case he/
she was not informed about it). Al-Mirdaawi
said: “As regards vitiligo, it is a change
in the color of the skin, ….and it is not
disgusting, so the spouse is not given the
choice to annul the marriage contract.”

Moreover, this disease does not harm one’s
health as stated by the specialists. Therefore,
if this young man is religious and has a good
moral conduct, then one should accept him
as a husband for this girl. Abu Hurayrah,
may Allah be pleased with him, narrated that
the Prophet said: “If a man whose
religion and moral character are pleasing to
you proposes to you, then let him
marry.” [At-Tirmithi] It might be that Allah
will bless this marriage and there will be
much good in it.
Moreover, if that girl accepts him as a
husband, then her guardian should not
refuse him otherwise he is considered as
preventing her from marriage without any
sound reason. Al-Jalaal Al-Mahalli from
the Shaafi’i School of jurisprudence, said:
“Preventing the girl from marriage without a
sound reason happens if an adult girl who
has a sound mind wants to marry a suitable
and competent man and her guardian refuses
to marry her off.”

In case the guardian refuses to marry her
off, then she should try to convince him in a
soft and gentle manner. If he refuses to
marry her off, then she has the right to take
her matter to a Muslim judge (to marry her
off).
The statement of Al-Mahalli continues
as follows: “Preventing the woman from
marriage without a sound reason should be
confirmed to the Muslim judge so that he
would marry her off, like if the guardian
refuses to marry off the girl under his
guardianship after he is ordered by the judge
to do so.”
Allah Knows best.

http:// www.islamweb.net/en/article/172345/his-daughter-got-a-proposal-from-a-religious-man-who-has-vitiligo

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