What is the minimum age for a girl for her to consummate her marriage?

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Date: Wednesday, June 22, 2011

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Women

Title

 

What is the minimum age for a girl for her to consummate her marriage?

Question

What is the minimum age for a girl for her to consummate her marriage with her husband? Is it puberty?

Answer

Muhtaram / Muhtaramah

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

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

 

The permissibility of consummating a marriage with a girl is based on her physical strength and not on her age. If consummating the marriage will be injurious to her health then it will not be permissible to do so, although she may have reached the age of puberty. However, if consummating the marriage will not be injurious to her health then it will be permissible to do so, although she may have not reached the age of puberty. (Hashiyya Ibn Aabideen, vol 3, pg 204, HM Sa’eed)

وقد صرحوا عندنا بأن الزوجة إذا كانت صغيرة لا تطيق الوطئ لا تسلم إلى الزوج حتى تطيقه.

والصحيح أنه غير مقدر بالسن، بل يفوض إلى القاضي بالنظر إليها من سمن أو هزال.

وقدمنا عن التاتر خانية أن البالغة إذا كانت لا تحتمل لا يؤمر بدفعها إلى الزوج أيضا (حاشية ابن عابدين 3/204)

And Allah knows best
Darul Iftaa

Madrasah Inaa’miyyah

 

 

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