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He married a woman who suffers from epilepsy and they did not tell him before the marriage contract was done; what should he do?

Written By: irfny on November 30, 2011 41 Comments

I have just been married few weeks back and I found out that my wife is suffering from epilepsy/fits.She starts shivering and gets unconcious for a while.
She or her family did not inform us with the situation.
What should I do?.

Praise be to Allaah.

Epilepsy is one of the faults that affect marriage and prevent some of its aims being fulfilled. If one of the spouses has this problem and conceals it, and the other both does not know of it until after the marriage has been consummated, then he or she has the choice of either continuing with the marriage or annulling it .

It says in Mataalib Ooli al-Nuha, 5/147:

Among the faults that confirm the option (of annulling) is insanity, even if he has seizures sometimes, because one cannot feel at ease with someone who has this condition; this also applies in the case of epilepsy. End quote.

al-Nawawi (may Allah have mercy on him) said in al-Minhaaj, in Baab al-Khiyaar fi

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