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Marrying a woman who cannot become pregnant


Can I marry a woman who cannot bear children, she cannot become pregnant, but I will marry also another one who can become pregnant, so I will have two wives, one of which cannot become pregnant??


Waalaykum al-Salam

Thank you for your question.

There is no problem with it per se. However, it is essential to remind oneself that one of the primary purposes of marriage is to have children. If you and your wife have this understanding that you are to have a second marriage and have children with her, is your personal decision together.

otherwise, there is no problem in living with a wife who is unable to bear children.
A good example is Nabi Zakariyah. He lived with his wife, despite the fact that she was unable to conceive.
The incident in the Quran is in Surah Ali-Imran: 38-40

هُنَالِكَ دَعَا زَكَرِيَّا رَبَّهُ ۖ قَالَ رَبِّ هَبْ لِي مِنْ لَدُنْكَ ذُرِّيَّةً طَيِّبَةً ۖ إِنَّكَ سَمِيعُ الدُّعَاءِ

Meaning: Thereat Zechariah supplicated his Lord. He said, ‘My Lord! Grant me a good offspring from You! Indeed  You hear all supplications.’

فَنَادَتْهُ الْمَلَائِكَةُ وَهُوَ قَائِمٌ يُصَلِّي فِي الْمِحْرَابِ أَنَّ اللَّهَ يُبَشِّرُكَ بِيَحْيَىٰ مُصَدِّقًا بِكَلِمَةٍ مِنَ اللَّهِ وَسَيِّدًا وَحَصُورًا وَنَبِيًّا مِنَ الصَّالِحِينَ

Meaning: Then, as he stood praying in the sanctuary the angels called out to him: ‘Allah gives you the good news of Joed You hear all, as a confirmer of a Word of Allah, eminent and chaste, a prophet, and one of the righteous.

قَالَ رَبِّ أَنَّىٰ يَكُونُ لِي غُلَامٌ وَقَدْ بَلَغَنِيَ الْكِبَرُ وَامْرَأَتِي عَاقِرٌ ۖ قَالَ كَذَٰلِكَ اللَّهُ يَفْعَلُ مَا يَشَاءُ

Meaning: He said, ‘My Lord, how shall I have a son while old age has overtaken me and my wife is barren?’ Said He, ‘So it is that Allah does whatever He wishes.’

and also in Surah Maryam: 7-8:

يَا زَكَرِيَّا إِنَّا نُبَشِّرُكَ بِغُلَامٍ اسْمُهُ يَحْيَىٰ لَمْ نَجْعَلْ لَهُ مِنْ قَبْلُ سَمِيًّا

Meaning: ‘O Zechariah! Indeed We give you the good news of a son, whose name is ‘‘John.’’ Never before have We made anyone his namesake.’

قَالَ رَبِّ أَنَّىٰ يَكُونُ لِي غُلَامٌ وَكَانَتِ امْرَأَتِي عَاقِرًا وَقَدْ بَلَغْتُ مِنَ الْكِبَرِ عِتِيًّا

Meaning: He said, ‘My Lord! How shall I have a son, when my wife is barren, and I am already advanced in age?

InshaAllah, Allah blesses you both with the best,