Cousin Marriages

Cousin Marriages
Cousin marriage is common in all Muslim countries. It is in accordance with the teaching of the Holy Quran and our Prophet had married his daughter with his uncle son. There were no defects in the children. Cousin marriage is thought to generate more stable relationship. Children are born with defects whether it is cousin marriage or not. Among migrant Muslim communities the defects are due to many factors. The pressure of moving to a different cultural environment and moving from their families, problems of racism and employment are responsible for the defects during pregnancies. The defects are nothing to do with cousin marriages. The hidden agenda is that British society does not want Muslims to bring their spouses from Muslim countries. A man/woman has the right to marry anybody from anywhere. It is a question of human right and the right given to Muslims by the Holy Quran and the sayings of the Holy Prophet.

I would like to see each and every Pakistani parent should marry their sons and daughters in Pakistan so that their offsprings could speak, read and write Urdu language and enjoy the beauty of their literature and poetry. The racist British education system has produced only notoriously monolingual Pakistani Brits. Pakistani parents would like their children to be well versed in Standard English, Arabic and Urdu languages and to be part of the British society as well as keeping in touch with their cultural roots.
Marrying cousin is and has always been legal in the UK. It is not only migrant communities who have children with their cousins, rural communities have their fair share…truly… and lets not even look at the inbreeding within royalty and the aristocracy. How else do you think the aristocracy held onto 90% of the land for so long? Muslim community is an easy target to wag the fingure at. There is no hard evidence that married to cousin causes birth defects. Before picking on Pakistanis just remember that Queen and Prince Phillip are third cousins. Glass houses…stone…. I do not think fingers should be pointed at Pakistani culture; it is another witch hunt against Muslim community. Native English people marry their cousins as well and have done for centuries. British society is ignorant regarding UK law. Henry V111 changed the law so he could marry his cousin. And it still remains legal to marry your cousin in UK today. In Britain, every Pakistani is not a Muslim and neither do they all get married to their cousins. I am sick of British media and politicians like Baroness Ruth Deech and Keighly MP Ann Cryer bashing Muslim communities every day. The hatred towards Muslim communities has grown to a level that defies all logic and even affront to British values. The problem is that Britain has never made communities feel part of British identity and people lives “parallel lives”. Faith schools are part and parcel of British education system but Muslim schools are being discouraged and regarded as “Osama bib Laden Academies.
Iftikhar Ahmad


Why are you promoting cousin marriages as opposed to "there is nothing wrong with cousin marriages" or simply "marirage is good"?

I doubt they are any more stable. More, if they go down in the pan, the repercussions can affect many many people and even other marriages.

More, people can be forced to stay in abusive situations simply because they do not want the ripple effect to ruin other mariages.

There is a chance of blackmail, abuse and more. It is not all hunky dory.

You should be promoting marriage, not one specific form of it as your way is not onyl divisive but short sighted and can cause problems.

"For too long, we have been a passively tolerant society, saying to our citizens 'as long as you obey the law, we will leave you alone'" - David Cameron, UK Prime Minister. 13 May 2015.


I remember reading this in the weekly speaker paper thingy

the guy
ifitkhar ahmed
is such a narrow minded hypocrite
u should read his other works

can we please poke holes in the content of the article instead in the person who wrote them? I think that is far better way to approach things.

"For too long, we have been a passively tolerant society, saying to our citizens 'as long as you obey the law, we will leave you alone'" - David Cameron, UK Prime Minister. 13 May 2015.

not my cup of tea but since our prophet (SaW) permitted it nothing wrong with it. But i would not encourage first cousins getting married, it is a biological fact it can cause serious birth defects, i've seen it in some of my friends children, primarily blood problems. However even that is permitted in Islam, so each to their own.

i don't think it's true it promotes more stable marriage, are you referring to a hadith or just your own opinion? If anything it can lead to more problems, coz all the family think it's their right to control the relationship, or butt in whenever the couple have a minor problems. But then again indopak muslims have a knack of doing that whether one marries their cousin or not, you literally marry the entire family as well.

On side note, you sound like you hate Britain, i mean i've seen a lot of your posts and they all rant against British values. Are you living in UK if so why are you here if you apparently despise it so much? I've never heard you say anything positive about Britain, last i heard you it was a rant against the school system.

“O my people! Truly, this life of the world is nothing but a (quick passing) enjoyment, and verily, the hereafter that is the home that will remain forever.” [Ghafir : 39]

what did the "british" say about marrying cousins to make you so angry?

Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary?

Just want to add a link about what can go wrong when people marry from Pakistan:

A single person's marriage was not going swimmingly and resulted in his sister and parents being murdered.

So eyes open please.

"For too long, we have been a passively tolerant society, saying to our citizens 'as long as you obey the law, we will leave you alone'" - David Cameron, UK Prime Minister. 13 May 2015.